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Who were the first Americans?

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Clovis traditions

The Kennewick Man

Video: "Coming to America"

Native Networks


In the News . . .

"Who was the Kennewick Man?"

 Reconstruction of Kennewick Man.
by Jim Chatters and Thomas McClelland

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  • Videos

    • Last extinction -- NOVA (56 min., 2009, DVD 1842)

      • "Nova investigates a provocative new theory that suggests the extinction of more than 34 types of large prehistoric mega-creatures, such as the saber-toothed cat and woolly mammoth, was caused not by climate change or the arrival of the first human hunters, but by the massive breakup of a comet over the Great Lakes region at the end of the last Ice Age, some 12,900 years ago." -- WGBH/Nova website.

      • NOVA: Last Extinction -- The Scout Report (10 April 2009, Volume 15, Number 14)

        • What, some ask, was the "last extinction?" It's a fair query indeed, and it happens to be understood as the period approximately 13,000 years ago when large animals were killed off across the North American continent. The exact cause of this extinction remains unknown, but this engaging program offered as part of the long-running NOVA series on public television offers up one particularly interesting theory. On this site, visitors can watch a preview of the program, and then make their way through six interactive sections, including "The Extinction Debate" and "Stone Age Toolkit". In "The Extinction Debate" visitors will be introduced to the wide range of scientific theories that have been actively debated and discussed in regards to this extinction. Moving on, the "Stone Age Toolkit" allows users to play a lively matching game where they can learn about the role that ten different primitive artifacts played in the lives of humans thousands of years ago. The site is rounded out by a teacher's guide and a set of additional links and readings. [KMG]

    • Looking for One Beginning: The Fallacy of Diffusionism -- Films for the Humanities (50 min., 2000, DVD TBD)

    • Mystery of the First Americans (60 min., 2000, VC 3965)
        ~ includes Kennewick
        ~ NOVA companion web site

    • Scientific American Frontiers: "Coming to America" -- Alan Alda (60 min., 2004, DVD 145)
        ~ transcript
        ~ web resources

    • The Search for Ancient Americans (57 min., 1988, VC 1299)

Kennewick Man on cover of Time, 13 March 2006.

13 March 2006

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