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Native America

Extended Interview: The Importance of Names

Zuni elder Jim Enote speaks on why knowing Native names is an important source of information. Native names often reflect information about a place that is based on thousands of years of observation.

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A Native American teepee is lit up against a vast, empty field. | "Native America: New World Rising"
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New World Rising

Discover how resistance, survival and revival are revealed through an empire of horse-mounted Comanche warriors, secret messages encoded in Aztec manuscript and a grass bridge in the Andes that spans mountains and centuries of time.
One of the world's largest pyramids featured in "Native America: Cities of the Sky."
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Cities of the Sky

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.
Performers partaking in a potlatch ceremony. | "Native America: Nature to Nations"
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Nature to Nations

Explore the rise of great American nations. 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.
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From Caves to Cosmos

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.
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Hopi Origin Story

Many Native American peoples share a belief that they emerged from the earth.
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Haudenosaunee’s Legendary Founding

The Hiawatha wampum belt tells the story of the Haudenosaunee’s legendary founding.
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A Gift of Corn to the Choctaw

Choctaw traditions link their mounds with their ancestors, corn, and the sky.
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Inca Origins

A temple at the center of Cuzco, Peru, marks the place of Inca origins.
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The Teotihuacan Fire Ceremony

The gods gather in Teotihuacan to sacrifice themselves in order to create the world.
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The Comanche and the Horse

The Comanche adapt the horse as a powerful ally in the fight to protect their way of life.
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