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Nature in Native American Myth
Nature spirits take on a variety of forms in various cultures. Discover the maize myths and other stories about the origins of nature in the Americas. Learn how these stories demonstrate the way people answered questions about how the world came to be as it is.
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Hooves, Paws and Claws
Part of the Series: Spirit of America Series
This program offers a wonderful look at some very interesting "critters." First, avalanches are a common occurrence during winter in the Rocky Mountains, which is why ski patrols love to work with highly trained search and rescue avalanche dogs. Next we view all sorts of animals, learn about 4-H Clubs,…
Home on the Range
Part of the Series: Spirit of America Series
"Home, home on the range..." - words from the famous song that echo as the unofficial anthem of the American West. In this program we are shown how modern-day Westerners are living their life on the range. Former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell tells of the integral part played by…
Mysteries, Legends and Tall Tales
Part of the Series: Spirit of America Series
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Part of the Series: U.S. History Series
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Part of the Series: Spirit of America Series
What does it mean to be a Native American? Perhaps Native American model Stormy Hollingsworth (Ute) says it best, "to be proud, to know that our past and our whole history is a circle of life." This program introduces us to members of the Ute, Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Omaha…
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This exciting and compelling one hour documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the U.S. Midwest. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges…
The People - To 1806
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The West
The West begins as the whole world to the people who live there. It becomes a New World when Europeans arrive, a world shaken by incompatible visions. And almost three centuries later, when Lewis and Clark venture west to find a Northwest Passage, this world becomes the testing-ground for a…