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Columbus Didn't Discover Us
Columbus Didn't Discover Us The 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's historic voyage to America also marked 500 years of survival by indigenous people throughout the Americas, whose way of life…
Arctic to Amazonia
Arctic to Amazonia From the Arctic to the Amazon, much of our world's fragile ecosystem is at risk. Multinational corporations and government development projects often engage in practices which threaten…

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Ken Burns: The West
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The West, an eight-part series, chronicles the turbulent history of one of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth--a place that is simultaneously enticing and forbidding, filled with stories of both heartbreaking tragedy and undying hope. Beginning when the land belonged only to Native Americans and ending in the 20th century,…
The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy
"The Trail of Tears Cherokee Legacy", narrated by James Earl Jones and featuring Wes Studi (who speaks his native Cherokee in the film, with English subtitles), explores one of America's darkest periods. After the Louisiana Territory was purchased in 1803, the US Government adopted a policy to move Indians west…
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A Weave of Time: The Story of a Navajo Family
A Weave of Time powerfully documents 50 years and four generations of change in one Navajo family. In 1938, noted anthropologist John Adair travelled to the Navajo reservation in Pine Springs, Arizona with a 16mm hand wind motion picture camera. There Adair met and filmed the Burnside family, creating a…
6 Generations
Ernestine De Soto is a Chumash Native American whose mother Mary Yee was the last speaker of her native Barbareno language. In 6 Generations, her family reaches back to the days the Spanish arrived in Santa Barbara and made first contact. Ernestine tells this history from the perspective of her…
California Indians 3 & 4
The Missions and 7 Southern Tribes: California's missions are a lasting reminder of the days when the first Europeans pioneered this great land; also, they can remind us of the native people who lived here and whose way of life changed forever. In this program, author/historian George Emanuels addresses various…
California's Lost Tribes
The 1987 Supreme Court decision to open up Indian gaming nationwide had a dramatic economic impact on the lives of California's Indian tribes much like the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island had on their cultural identities. In a few short years, California Indians went from being the poorest people in…
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"Recommended. This is a no-frills, immediate experience of some of the different ethnic and racial groups that make up the American mosaic. The African American rodeo should be seen by everyone - so few Americans are aware of the Black presence in the far West. That this rodeo still takes…
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