In The Americas with David Yetman
11,000 miles separate the North Pole from the tip of Tierra del Fuego in Chile. Between those two points lie North and South America, the islands of the Caribbean Sea, the Hawaiian archipelago and the Galapagos Islands. This series takes a fresh look at the lands that make up much of the Western Hemisphere, and showcases the landscapes, peoples and history of the Americas - from the stories of a small village of Japanese immigrants in the Amazon to descendants of poor Italians in Chile, from Mayan temples in Guatemala to ancient fortresses in Mexico, and from the frigid, glacier-carved barrens of northern Canada to the timeless villages of the altiplano in Peru. Along the way, host David Yetman meets people from all walks of life, and hears their stories.
Coffee and Culture In Oaxaca (#409H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The state of Oaxaca is home to 16 different Indian groups among whom can be found more than 60 different languages. Each group retains much of its ancient culture. They visit a Zapotec market, navigate the mangrove watercourses on the coast, and participate in the harvesting, drying and roasting of coffee in the fog forest.
Favelas & Samba: Brazil (#410H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The shanty towns for which Rio Janeiro is famous (or notorious) play a pivotal role in the city's cultural history. Favelas, as they are known, rise precipitously from near the ocean far up the hillsides. Often bereft of minimal municipal services, they are home to a rich cultural life, their own social organization, and along the way in their history, have provided the artistic and dramatic talent for Brazil's most important international artistic contribution, Carnaval in Rio. David visits favelas and speaks with residents there.
Reefs, Ruins, and Revivals: Belize's Melting Pot (#401H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Belize has a decidedly different history and culture from the rest of Central America. English is the first language of this small nation, reflecting its British ancestry, yet Belize retains deep historic connections among its many residents of Mayan ancestry, and is proud of its strong African roots among the Garifuna people. Belize also has world-class archaeological sites, vast tracts of intact rain forest, and some of the world's richest marine treasures.
Heart of the Wilderness: Wyoming's Wind River Rang (#405H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The Wind River Range in western Wyoming is the state's largest mountain range, nearly one hundred miles from north to south. With dozes of massive peaks, it is also home to the wildest country in the lower 48 states. Much of it is protected in wilderness, which David and his team commemorate on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964. On arriving, they visit ancient foothill sites where Shoshone Indians left examples of their art, historic locations of Indian battles, and scars of mines and ghost towns before plunging deep into the wilds of the Wind Rivers - on foot.
From Vaquejada to Jangada: Into Rural Ceara, Brazil (#406H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
A small state in Brazil's dry northeast, Ceara is home to a variety of traditions not found in the rest of the vast country. The inland bush, called the sertao, is home to cowboys and and odd rodeo, while the coast supports fisherman whose wooden boats are little changed over the last several centuries. Ceara is home to Brazil's most important religious shrine, its last lace-weavers, and a startling array of tropical fruits.
Bogota to the Amazaon: A Trip Across Columbia (#407H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
From the urban capital city of Bogota and its famous cicolvia dedicated to bicycles, this sprawling nation offers an unexpected variety of cultures and urban landscapes. David and his team hop from the mountains to the extreme southern tip of the country to see wildlife and to visit indigenous villages of the people who live in the heart of the Amazon jungle.
Gift of the Andes: Mendoza, Argentina, and Its Wines (#408H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Argentina's nostalgic Ruta 40 passes along the base of the Cordillera of the Andes from the extreme north to the southernmost road in the nation. On its way Ruta 40 meets the famed wine capital of Mendoza, whose dedication to Malbec wine is recent, but whose win production dates to colonial times. David lingers in the vineyards and bodegas, sampling the varieties of Malbec and Argentine food. Farther south, Ruta 40 penetrates the northern reaches of Patagonia, a windswept desert boarded on the west by the incomparable Andes, and massive pre-Andean volcanoes.