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Native America

Native America explores the world created by America’s First Peoples. The four part series reaches back 15,000 years to reveal massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents.

Make Ohlone Salad

4m 33s

Make a salad of all Native greens from the oak woodlands.

Episodes

  • New World Rising: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    New World Rising

    S1 E4 - 53m 31s

    Discover how resistance, survival and revival are revealed through an empire of horse-mounted Comanche warriors, secret messages encoded in an Aztec manuscript and a grass bridge in the Andes that spans mountains and centuries.

  • Cities of the Sky: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Cities of the Sky

    S1 E3 - 53m 31s

    Discover the cosmological secrets behind America’s ancient cities. Scientists explore some of the world’s largest pyramids and 3D-scan a lost city of monumental mounds on the Mississippi River; native elders reveal ancient powers of the sky.

  • Nature to Nations: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Nature to Nations

    S1 E2 - 53m 31s

    Explore the rise of great American nations, from monarchies to democracies. Investigate lost cities in Mexico, a temple in Peru, a potlatch ceremony in the Pacific Northwest and a tapestry of shell beads in upstate New York whose story inspired our own democracy.

  • From Caves to Cosmos: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    From Caves to Cosmos

    S1 E1 - 53m 31s

    Combine ancient wisdom and modern science to answer a 15,000-year-old question: who were America’s First Peoples? The answer hides in Amazonian cave paintings, Mexican burial chambers, New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon and waves off California’s coast.

Extras + Features

  • Extended Interview: Evidence of the Comanche: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Interview: Evidence of the Comanche

    S1 E4 - 2m 15s

    Archaeologist Severin Fowles, with the help of tribal cultural consultants, finds evidence of the illusive Comanche. Hundred of images etched into rocks sheds a whole new light on perhaps the most successful post-contact Native empires.

  • Extended Interview: Severin Fowles on Native Science: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Interview: Severin Fowles on Native Science

    S1 E4 - 1m 25s

    Archaeologist Severin Fowles re-imagines Native religion as Native science. So many of what have been traditionally described as “beliefs” are actually profound scientific methods for acting in the world.

  • Extended Interview: Burning a Forest to Revive a People: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Interview: Burning a Forest to Revive a People

    S1 E4 - 3m 23s

    Valentin Lopez, the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of California, reflects on how reviving ancient environmental practices is helping to revive his peoples culture. Although nearly lost, through oral traditions and new collaborations with archaeologists, he and his people can save the California forests and keep ancient traditions alive.

  • Aztec Resistance: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Aztec Resistance

    S1 E4 - 2m 6s

    Spaniards built a Catholic Church on top of an Aztec holy site, but resistance begun by Aztec builders continues through today.

  • Maya Blue: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Maya Blue

    S1 E4 - 1m 8s

    How the Aztecs used color to represent the aftermath of colonialism.

  • Episode 4 Preview | New World Rising: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 4 Preview | New World Rising

    S1 E4 - 30s

    Discover how resistance, survival and revival are revealed through an empire of horse-mounted Comanche warriors, secret messages encoded in an Aztec manuscript and a grass bridge in the Andes that spans mountains and centuries.

  • Extended Interview: Diana Magaloni on the Power of Pigments: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Extended Interview: Diana Magaloni on the Power of Pigments

    S1 E4 - 2m 52s

    Art historian Diana Magaloni illuminates the extraordinary measures Aztec artists took to preserve their culture in the Florentine Codex. Using colors and materials that possessed energies from the natural world, they imbued their paintings with a special symbolic life force.

  • Inca Huacas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Inca Huacas

    S1 E3 - 2m 32s

    Harvard Archaeologist and Quechua shaman demonstrate historical and contemporary spiritual importance of Incan Huacas.

  • Lidar Mapping: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lidar Mapping

    S1 E3 - 2m 23s

    Cahokia researchers uses new LiDAR technology to map the layout of this ancient city.

  • The Governor’s Palace: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Governor’s Palace

    S1 E3 - 3m 7s

    Art historian Mary Miller uncovers why this magnificent structure is built at an angle to the rest of the city.

Schedule

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