Film Club: ‘Dancing As the Spirit of a Wild Grizzly Bear’

Film Club: ‘Dancing As the Spirit of a Wild Grizzly Bear’

In what ways do people and cultures honor the natural world?

Dancing As the Spirit of a Wild Grizzly Bear” is a three-minute film that touches on themes of honoring ancestry and acknowledging the spirit in all living things. It profiles the dancer Laura Grizzlypaws of the St’at’imc Nation as she describes and performs her tribe’s traditional bear dance.


1. Watch the short film above. While you watch, you might take notes using our Film Club Double-Entry Journal (PDF) to help you remember specific moments.

2. After watching, think about these questions:

• What moments in this film stood out for you? Why?

• Were there any surprises? Anything that challenged what you know — or thought you knew?

• What messages, emotions or ideas will you take away from this film? Why?

• What questions do you still have?

3. An additional challenge: What connections can you make between this film and your own life or experience? Why? Does this film remind you of anything else you’ve read or seen? If so, how and why?

4. Next, join the conversation by clicking on the comment button and posting in the box that opens on the right. (Students 13 and older are invited to comment, although teachers of younger students are welcome to post what their students have to say.)

5. After you have posted, try reading back to see what others have said, then respond to someone else by posting another comment. Use the “Reply” button or the @ symbol to address that student directly.



• See all the films in this series.

• Read our list of practical teaching ideas, along with responses from students and teachers, for how you can use these documentaries in the classroom.

• Our next and final Film Club for the 2018-19 school year will take place on Thursday, May 16.