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Episodes: 4

Length: 30 min.

Grade Levels:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Social Studies

Native Americans & Frontiersmen Series

Witness Native Americans, Europeans, and Anglo Americans in conflict during the early days of the United States. Watch as shifting alliances and new battle tactics secure our nation’s future. Peter Coyote narrates the little known tales of Native Americans and Frontiersmen in compelling programs that dramatize: Chief Pontiac’s rebellion, George Rogers Clark’s secret mission against the Redcoats, Rogers’ commando-style tactics against the British and the French, and Tecumseh’s defeat..

Episode Guide

1. Long Knives — A dramatic reenactment of George Rogers Clark’s daring raid during the Revolutionary War to capture British forts and neutralize their efforts on the frontier west of the Alleghenies. His victories helped bring Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and other Midwest states into the US after the War.

2. Pontiac — Stirring action scenes illuminate the complex interactions among the European and North American powers. Pontiac and his people had been treated with more dignity by the French than by the British, so they often sided with the French during the pre-Revolutionary War conflicts among European powers. Though Pontiac’s confederacy had many successes, it ultimately had to accept defeat along with the French.

3. Roger’s Rangers — Powerful and bold action scenes show how Robert Rogers became a part of the French and Indian War on the British side, fighting the Native Americans. From them, he learned that guerrilla warfare was more suited to the frontier, and later went on to lead many successful tactical maneuvers for the American side.

4. Tecumseh — This powerful docudrama illustrates how Tecumseh distinguished himself as a great Native American leader in battle as a young man. When he was persuaded that Indians had to resist the newly independent Americans who were coming into his land, he took sides with the British in the War of 1812. He died heroically in this losing cause.

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