Big Bear (TV Mini-Series 1998)

TV Mini-Series   |    |  Biography, Drama


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The story of Big Bear, the real life Cree chief who campaigned for his people and their land against the Canadian government in the 1870s and 1880s.

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23 February 2016 | SnoopyStyle
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| great idea to switch languages
It's 1875 southern Saskatchewan. Cree leader Big Bear encounters a Canadian survey team and sends them away. The whites are pushing ever westward. The government signs a treaty with lesser leaders but Big Bear does not sign. As the buffalo disappear, Big Bear is forced to sign but corrupt officials and conflicts hound the tribe. Big Bear's eldest son Little Bad Man leads the warriors. In 1885, government forces lose the Battle of Duck Lake to the Metis. Little Bad Man and Wandering Spirit take control and attack.

It's a brilliant idea to have the native language be English and whites speak something incomprehensible. I would suggest more colloquial writing for the native speakers. There is still the old movie form of halting native talk. It needs to not simply translate the language but transform the language completely. That's why I love when they swear. They need modern grammar to fully convert the world view. The movie is pretty straight forward. I hope it's more or less historically accurate. It's a fine history lesson and a good TV production.

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