Edited video is part of an educational series dealing with the life, land, and inhabitants of the Great Plains region from prehistoric times to the mid-20th century. MAN, ANIMAL, CLIMATE AND EARTH, featuring Dr. E. Mott Davis, Marvin Kivett, and Dr. C. Bertrand Schultz, documents how the mysteries of early man are revealed by the discovery of early human camping sites in southwestern Nebraska. What is known of the climate, behavior of streams, the animals and man is described. GROWTH OF LIFE, featuring C. Bertrand Schultz and Richard L. Threet, documents changes in evolution, in particular the age of fisshes and the age of reptiles. Focusing on the Great Plains, the video follows the rise of the Rocky Mountains, the seas draining away and mammals inhabiting the land. PREHISTORIC FARMERS, featuring E. Mott Davis and Marvin Kivett, describes native crops, new types of houses, and specialized tools brought in by new groups of people pushing into the prehistoric Plains, and looks at primitive social organization as suggested by archaeology. ARMY EXPLORERS AND FORT ATKINSON, featuring James C. Olson, tells the story of the soldier as an explorer in the first half of the 19th century. Includes Lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike (1779-1813) and his Great Plains explorations, the Yellowstone Expedition, Major Stephen H. Long (1784-1864) and the Great American Desert theory; and John Charles Fremont (1813-1890), and the history of Fort Atkinson as an outpost in the Missouri River.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD