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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Latin American Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Latin American countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Programs available on 23 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 23-Disc Set. Click for more

Worlds of the Maya

Worlds of the Maya

This engrossing documentary welcomes you to the many worlds of the Maya, exploring Belize and Guatemala, which hold the stories and sites of the great classical Maya past, as well as their culture today. We begin in the Caribbean port of Belize City and Belize's eastern coastline, which features the world's second largest barrier reef. Nearby we explore the ancient city of Altun Ha; then visit a Mayan home in Santa Rita. We journey by boat to Lamanai, a large ceremonial center with ancient Mayan architecture; then through treeless savanna and rainforests to Placencia. We visit the Mennonite community of Spanish Outlook, then the ancient city of Cahal Pech. In Nim Li Punit we examine ancient tombs; hike through the Cockscomb Nature Reserve, the only Jaguar preserve in the world; then return to the Mopan Maya village and witness a traditional thanksgiving. We tour famous sites in Guatemala City; visit the ruins of Quirigua; take a boat trip to a Maya Research center; explore La Antigua and Chichicastenango with its wonderful market; visit a renowned mask maker's shop; then admire women's distinctive halo-type headdresses in Santiago. Lastly, in Petén province, we explore the ruins and wildlife of Tikal National Park, one of the most important cultural and natural reserves in the world. Produced by Trailwood Films, Inc. 2010 JSCA 84 min.
Also See: Wonders of the Maya; The Mayans: 300 B.C. to 800 A.D.
Associated Article: Lost City of the Maya -Smithsonian Magazine

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