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Northern Sask. school principal uses Bruce Lee movie to teach Cree

Northern Sask. school principal uses Bruce Lee movie to teach Cree
From CBC - September 11, 2017

Most Cree lessons do not start with the phrase "ostikwanik nipaskawataw" or "I kicked him in the head."

However, Simon Bird is not an everyday Cree teacher.

Bird, a principal at Senator Allen Bird Memorial School at the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Sask., has subtitled a clip from an old Bruce Lee movie in an attempt to teach Cree to more people.

"Growing up in the north, that's what we used to watch," he said. "The humour that's used in there is basically timeless."

In the grand tradition of over-dubbed martial arts movies, Bird supplies the voices for the characters ... even the women.

"If you make teaching interesting, the students will definitely want to be part of the process," he said.

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