Big Bear

Big Bear

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Big Bear (1825-1888) was a Plains Cree chief in Saskatchewan at a time when aboriginals were confronted with the disappearance of the buffalo and waves of European settlers that seemed destined to destroy the Indian way of life. In 1876 he refused to sign Treaty No. 6, until 1882, when his people were starving. Big Bear advocated negotiation over violence, but when the federal government refused to negotiate with aboriginal leaders, some of his followers killed 9 people at Frog Lake in 1885. Big Bear himself was arrested and imprisoned. Rudy Wiebe, author of a Governor General's Award-winning novel about Big Bear, revisits the life of the eloquent statesman, one of Canada's most important aboriginal leaders.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, 2008.
ISBN: 9780670067862
Branch Call Number: 971.200497323 BIG WIE
Characteristics: xviii, 223 pages ; 21 cm.


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Oct 21, 2012

A compact yet very effective and compassionate portrait of one of the most influential leaders amongst the Plains Cree nations and their perspective of the impact of Whites in North America and the creation of Canada as a nation. Hope it is included in high school Canadian history reading curriculum.

Jul 27, 2012

Solid but no new insights.

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