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The Mayans

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Alternate title:History of the Mayans
Summary: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.
Contributor:Carruthers, Bob
Wood, Ruth
Baquedano, Elizabeth
Mahon, Penny
Provider:Eagle Rock Entertainment
Cromwell Productions
Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Topical subjects:Mayas -- Antiquities
Mayas -- History
Mayas -- Social life and customs
Mayas -- Civilization
Chichén Itzá Site (Mexico)
Mexico -- Antiquities
Central America -- Antiquities
Genre:Educational films
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.
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Personal and Family Lives
Films@UM Browse terms:Ancient Cultures
Latin American Studies
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