Big Bear’s Story

Video, Aboriginal Futures, Frontier Centre

Who was Big Bear? He was the last Chief to cave in and sign the infamous numbered treaties that confined aboriginals to reservations. Big Bear held out because he accurately foresaw the consequences of that policy. His story is important because his own tribe, starved and regulated into submission, eventually abandoned him. The point is that each family had the freedom to take its hogan elsewhere. Even though Big Bears people made the wrong choice, they had the power to do so.