An Evening of Native American History

An Evening of Native American History

Tue, 11/02/2010 - 7:00pm

Pictured: Jim Thorpe in Regalia

Credit: Jim Thorpe Association

Join us for three documentaries highlighting three different periods in Native American history.

The evening begins with Jim Thorpe: The World's Greatest Athelete on Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m., followed by Forgotten War: The Struggle for North America at 8 p.m. and The Spirit of Sacajawea at 9 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2).

Jim Thorpe: The World's Greatest Athelete

Jim Thorpe: The World's Greatest Athelete chronicles the sports superstar's remarkable life (1887-1953) — from his boyhood in Oklahoma and his gold-medal wins at the 1912 Summer Olympics to his subsequent fall from grace and his advocacy of American Indian rights and self-sufficiency. The one-hour biography recounts these events, and others, through in-depth interviews with Thorpe's surviving children, dramatic re-creations, and archival stills and film.

Forgotten War: The Struggle for North America

Two-hundred and fifty years ago, three powers clashed in an epic struggle for North America. Often overshadowed by the American Revolution, the French and Indian War (1755-1760) determined which great European empire would control the Ohio River Valley, the gateway to the West, and the crucial highway of rivers and lakes connecting New York and Montreal. Forgotten War: The Struggle for North America recounts the little-known story of how the Indian nations of the Northeast controlled the outcome of this war. An international panel of experts dig beneath the familiar history and shed new light on this long-ago conflict. The documentary follows the fates of the Abenaki and Iroquois people, separates fact from the myth of Robert Rogers and his legendary Rangers and chronicles the "massacre" at Fort William Henry, the battles of Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point, the tragic expulsion of the Acadians and the fall of Quebec and Montreal.

The Spirit of Sacajawea

Two hundred years after the storied Lewis & Clark expedition to the Pacific, this new documentary retells the story of the Indian woman who traveled with the Corps of Discovery, carrying her infant son across the country on her back.

 

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