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1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus Season 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 Origins

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Nov 9, 2017
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Origins Nov 9, 2017 We are introduced to indigenous creation stories; discoveries by archaeologists, geneticists, linguists and anthropologists about the arrival of various indigenous people that are believed to arrive via the land bridge from what is now Russia and Alaska and also via boat and sailing down the N. American coast, settling in many areas and then developing differing languages, cultures and customs.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Environment

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Nov 16, 2017
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Environment Nov 16, 2017 Indigenous people created significant changes to their environment through resource harvesting, farming, urban development, irrigation, controlled burning and deforestation.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Agriculture

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Nov 23, 2017
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Agriculture Nov 23, 2017 Maize from MesoAmerica, Potatoes from the Andes, biodiversity of the Amazon, Camus from the Plains, seal hunting of the Arctic, whale hunting of the NWCoast, Bison jumps and Fishing weirs.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Architecture

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Apr 15, 2019
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Architecture Apr 15, 2019 Whether living a nomadic existence or in sprawling urban centres, Indigenous people created iconic, innovative and diverse architectural styles. Their homes and community structures fulfilled the needs and values of their society.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Governance and Trade

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Dec 4, 2017
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Governance and Trade Dec 4, 2017 Each Indigenous nation developed its own unique governance models to control their citizens and expand their territories. These systems ranged from patriarchal and matrilineal-based societies to complex political systems governing multi-nation empires. Complex trade networks developed to satisfy political, social and economic goals.

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Season 01, Episode 06 Science and Technology

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Dec 11, 2017
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Science and Technology Dec 11, 2017 Early indigenous people in North America were using the number 0 before any other people, had mapped the planets and stars and had their own calendars and writing methods. We also see how the herbs and plants that they used often are utilized in our modern drugs, as in the Yew tree bears components in Tamoxifen for cancer treatment today and the Willow tree has acetylsalicylic acid for aspirin.

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Season 01, Episode 07 Art

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Dec 14, 2017
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Art Dec 14, 2017 We learn about art in various native communities before 1492. We see their hand paintings and paintings of animals. We see the baskets that were woven and the pottery designs. We are shown the masks that were made and how they played a part in ceremonies.

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Season 01, Episode 08 Continuance

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Dec 18, 2017
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Continuance Dec 18, 2017 We are informed about the indigenous perspective on cultural traditions and the concern about native languages becoming extinct.

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