Fifty years after his untimely death, actor and martial arts master Bruce Lee’s legacy resonates with fans across the globe. But Lee has a unique and enduring connection with Native audiences who relate to his philosophical drive, the sense of justice he portrayed on the screen, and how he propelled positive representations of his race in popular media. His films have been translated into at least two Indigenous languages. We’ll reflect on what Bruce Lee means to Native fans.
Fritz Bitsoie (Diné), film director
Sifu JoAnn Wabisca (Métis-Cree), co-founder of Ekata Training Center and instructor
Simon Bird (Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation), educator and Cree language advocate
Break 1 music: Be Like Water (song) The RZA (artist)
Break 2 music: Peace Calls (song) Robert Mirabal (artist) The River (Album)