Ernie Philip (DANCING BEAR) was taken from his family at the age of eight and placed in the Kamloops Residential School. When he left the school eight years later he had learned to hate the white man and to despise his own people. He had no idea who he was. He was haunted by thoughts of suicide.

Then he began to dance. And dancing, he came to understand all that had been lost, and how to recover it. His life has been a dance of recovery that has led him to a place of remarkable strength and power. DANCING BEAR is Ernie Philip’s story.