The Mayans

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The most advanced of the pre-Hispanic peoples of Central America, the Mayans rose to great prominence, only to suddenly decline around the year AD 900. In this program, cultural historian Iain Grain delves into Mayan history, investigating topics such as the Mayans' mastery of mathematics, their extremely hierarchical society, their use of human sacrifice to induce rain, and Mayan art. Many examples of Mayan architecture are provided as well, plus a computer re-creation of the temple at Chichén Itzá. Although there are still more than two million native Mayans living in Central America, the exact origins of their ancestors and the fate of the ancient Mayan cities remain mysteries.
Carruthers, Bob; Wood, Ruth; Baquedano, Elizabeth; Mahon, Penny
Eagle Rock Entertainment; Cromwell Productions; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Educational films
Personal and Family Lives; Ancient Cultures; Latin American Studies; Mayas -- Antiquities; Mayas -- History; Mayas -- Social life and customs; Mayas -- Civilization; Chichén Itzá Site (Mexico); Mexico -- Antiquities; Central America -- Antiquities
North America; United States
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47 minutes; color


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Creation/Production Credits

Written by Elizabeth Baquedano ; expert analysis, Iain Grain ; editors, Bob Rootes, Chris Gormlie ; produced by Ruth Woods [i.e. Ruth Wood] ; directed by Bob Carruthers. Narrator, Penny Mahon.
Other Identifiers
Filename: lms-089697; Fedora 2 PID: umd:10702; Handle Identifier: hdl:1903.1/3177; Catalog Key: alephsys004130983; OCLC: ocm54662781

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