500 Nations is an eight-part documentary examining the history and culture of Native Americans throughout North and Central America. Hosted by Kevin Costner and narrated by Gregory Harrison, this enlightening series offers viewers a guided tour through thousands of years of American Indian history, from before Europeans landed on the continent to the end of the 19th century.
The documentary provides an in-depth look at some of the most important sites in Native American history, including Pueblo Bonito, a massive stone structure containing more than 800 rooms located in the arid Southwest; Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde; and Cahokia, once home to the largest city in what is now the United States.
In addition to documenting physical locations, 500 Nations also examines how various native nations have interacted with European powers throughout the years. Viewers will learn about such events as Jamestown’s encounter with Pocahontas; Plymouth’s first Thanksgiving; and Pontiac’s resistance against European forces. They will also gain insight into tragedies such as The Trail of Tears, where Native Americans were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands, despite having adopted many aspects of American culture.
With its remarkable blend of text sources, eyewitness accounts, pictorials, computer graphics and much more, 500 Nations offers viewers a comprehensive look at one of America’s most overlooked segments of society that still carries on today. By watching this compelling documentary series, you can gain a greater appreciation for America’s rich native heritage and how it has helped shape our nation today.