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A History of American Indian Achievement

Plains Indian War (#106)

From 1853 to 1890, the Plains Indians horse culture engaged the United States military in its longest conflict. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Join host Tyler Christopher, a 21st century American Indian, as he chronicles the survival of the American Indian in spite of wars and devastation. The programs bring little known American Indian accomplishments to light.

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  • American Indians Populate the North American Continent (#101)

    During the first ten thousand years of occupying North America, American Indians were accomplished hunters, worked metal into tools and weapons, and created some of the world's greatest rock art. [27 minutes]

  • The Golden Age of Ancient American Indians (#102)

    During the classic golden age of American Indians, they built some of the world's greatest cities and adopted agriculture and the bow and arrow. [28 minutes]

  • The Great Transition (#103)

    At the closing of the classic golden age of American Indians, the Anasazi built their spectacular cliff cities and the Iroquois League wrote a remarkable constitution that would serve as a model for the founding fathers. The transition coincided with the arrival of the Europeans. This included tribal interactions with the settlers at Jamestown and the Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation. [28 minutes]

  • Resistance and Acceptance (#104)

    This program features the heroic stories of Indian tribes who attempted to protect their lands from European invasion, and stories of how other American Indians found ways to live in peace and preserve their culture. [27 minutes]

  • The New Indian Leaders (#105)

    American Indian leaders with great vision make a valiant attempt to retain their culture and continue to live on their ancestral lands west of the Appalachians. Without these valiant efforts, it is doubtful the Indian nations east of the Mississippi River and along the west coast would have survived at all. [25 minutes]

  • The Emergence of the American Indian Hero (#107)

    The first half of the 20th century was the worst of times for American Indians. They were a vanishing race. Then something remarkable happened: four American Indian women made their voices heard in the courts and the halls of political power, saving American Indians. [28 minutes]

  • American Indian Renaissance (#108)

    With their survival assured, American Indians finally had the opportunity to fully express their creativity. This program presents extraordinary men and women and their achievements in every avenue of American life while remaining fully anchored in their traditional values. [27 minutes]

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