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.
Alaska: The Wilderness of the Volcanoes (#310H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
In this episode, David visits two of Alaska's vast national parks, Lake Clark and Katmai, each with a heritage of volcanic activity. Their thriving ecosystems illustrate nature's ability to recover from cataclysmic events. The villages of Native Americans continue as well, along with their traditions.
Day of the Dead: A Mexican Celebration (#101H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Many Native American groups in pre-Conquest Mexico celebrated one day each year when their deceased ancestors would return to visit them-El Dia de los Muertos. This ancient tradition has become the state of Oaxaca's most important celebration. Parades, home altars, and gaily-decorated graves welcome back the dead. The custom has spread throughout Mexico and even to Los Angeles and Tucson.
Peru: People of the Altiplano (#110H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Indians outnumber non-Indians in the Peruvian highlands. Many of them, in cities such as Ayacucho, Huancavelica, and Huancayo and hosts of villages continue to farm and produce handicrafts much as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Now they use cell phones and the Internet, but their native dress and languages and their nearness to the soil help them maintain their identity as a people apart. Host Dave Yetman meets Quechua people and learns from them about their fascinating past and present.
Tultepec: Mexico's Skyrocket Central (#201H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The small city of Tultepec, a suburb of Mexico City, specializes in the production of fireworks, supplying much of the country known for fireworks in its festivals. In March of each year Tultepec celebrates with dazzling, flamboyant, and hazardous displays of fireworks that wildly exceed any other in Mexico.
In The Shadow of the Volcanoes: Chile's Melting Pot (#202H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Southern Chile is a land of forests, rivers, lakes, and volcanoes. It is also home to Native American and immigrant communities. We visit Mapuche Indians and German and Italian immigrant communities and the vast landscapes they inhabit.