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Experience the rich cultural diversity of Native American tribes and the impact that early white explorers had on their lives. In this program, viewers will learn about the mysterious disappearance of the Anasazi culture and the successful Pueblo revolt against their Spanish conquerors. First-person accounts bring to life the adventures of early explorers, from Cabeza de Vaca, the first white man to enter the West, to the Lewis and Clark expedition.
The Era of Revolution severed political ties between Latin America and the Old World—but cultural independence was another matter. This program explains how the region’s literature began to come into its own, relying on models and themes imported from Spain while establishing a dialogue with other literary traditions and aesthetic movements. Through the work of José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi, Esteban Echeverría, Bartolomé Hidalgo, Mariano Melga, José Martí, Cirilo Villaverde, and other writers, viewers will become familiar with the “literature of independence” particular to Latin America—one that threads together the old and the new, the alien and the indigenous, to form its own unique creations. An FFH&S/Tranquilo Coproduction. (50 minutes) Includes segment on Domingo Sarmiento.