Eastern Celebrates “Native America”

Fiorella Beccaglia   A&E Editor

Eastern Connecticut State University and Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will host a free advance screening of an episode from the new four-part PBS series “Native America” on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre.

“Native America” will not show on television until Oct. 23, but Eastern was granted permission to show a pre-screening thanks to Dr. Sarah Baires, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, who is also featured in the awaited series. The advanced screening of “Cities of the Sky,” the series’ third episode, explores America’s most ancient cities and the cosmological secrets behind them. The screening will follow a Q&A session hosted by Dr. Baires with Gary Glassman, the series’ producer, and director Joe Sousa. The event is completely free and open to the public.

“Native America” has been filmed with the active participation of Native American communities in the most breathtaking locations. Emmy-award winning cinematographers and 3D computer modeling have brought ancient ruins to life, filming across the Atlantic to the Pacific and from northern Canada to southern Peru. “Native America” will challenge everything you thought you knew about the Americas before and since contact with Western colonization. It travels through 15,000 years to showcase massive and advanced cities, Native people’s systems of science, art, and writing, and 100 million people connected by social networks and spiritual beliefs spanning two continents. “Native America” will reveal some of the most advanced civilizations in human history, depicting the lives of America’s First Peoples whose story has always remained hidden.

This is a great opportunity for not only Eastern students, but members of the Windham community as well. Whether you are an anthropology or political science major, do not know much about Native American history, or are simply interested, this event is a must see. “We are excited to partner with Eastern Connecticut State University to offer this screening and discussion of ‘Native America,’” said Carol Sisco, Vice President/Station Manager for Programming & Acquisitions at CPTV. “We are very proud of Dr. Baires for her thought-provoking research on Cahokia, the ancient Native American city in what is now southern Illinois,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “It is commendable that Sarah is part of the PBS ‘Native America’ series, and we are delighted that we can host this special preview on our campus. Having the series’ producer and director on site for the event is a special honor.”

“Native America” will premiere on CPTV on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. Subsequent episodes will air Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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