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PBS sets four-part event series “Native America”

PBS has unveiled a four-part television event series from Providence Pictures as part of the American pubcaster’s TCA press tour presentation held Tuesday (Jan. 16). Produced by Providence Pictures, Native America ...
January 17, 2018

PBS has unveiled a four-part television event series from Providence Pictures as part of the American pubcaster’s TCA press tour presentation held Tuesday (Jan. 16).

Produced by Providence Pictures, Native America weaves together history and contemporary science with living indigenous traditions to bring to life the world created by America’s first peoples.

The 4 x 60-minute series is narrated by Robbie Robertson, Mohawk and co-founder of famed rock group The Band, and is made with the active participation from Native American communities.

The series aims to unveil an ancient and still thriving culture by going behind the scenes at special events and following field archaeologists as they uncover new narratives of America’s past.

Episodes will venture into Amazonian caves that contain the Americas’ earliest art and interactive solar calendar, explore a tunnel beneath a pyramid at the center of one of ancient America’s largest cities and maps the heavens in celestially aligned cities.

In a statement, the broadcaster said recent discoveries informed by Native American oral histories have produced “new perspective” on North and South America that ancient people across these two continents may have been part of a single interconnected world.

Native America is an extraordinary portal to the past and window to the present,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive and GM, general audience programming, in a statement. “The latest scholarship and research have shattered earlier conceptions of indigenous culture and civilization, revealing vast social networks and shared beliefs that have bridged the generations and that continue to flourish in Native-American communities today.”

Funding for Native America, which is slated to premiere Fall 2018 on PBS, was provided by The Anne Ray Foundation and PBS.

Native America is executive produced and directed by Gary Glassman for Providence Pictures. Producers are Joseph C. Sousa, Scott Tiffany, Julianna Brannum and Rob Tinworth. Coordinating producers are Maureen Barden Lynch and Ben Sweeney.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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