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The Dreaming

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"On each DVD there are 13 different stories from The Dreaming. "Handed down in story, song, dance and art for thoudands of genreations, Dreaming stories tell th origins of the environment, how the Spirit Ancesstors formed and gave life to the land and laid down the Law - structures of society, rituals to maintain the life of the land, rules for living. Above all, Dreaming stories are the stories of the land, living with the land and belonging to the land."--Page 1.
DVD
2004
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Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories; AtuKatigennik Unikkausittinik = Sharing Our Stories = Transmettre Nos Histoires

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Discover Inuit traditions, perspectives and values in these 24 films, representing all four Canadian Inuit regions (Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, Nunavut and Inuvialuit). Experience over eight hours of unique documentay and animation from 1942 to the present, selected from the world's largest collection of films by and about the Inuit.
DVD
2011
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Wurray: Songlines on Screen

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Yolgnu songmen trace the epic dreamtime story of their great nomadic warrior, Wurray, across the wilderness of north east Arnhem Land.
DVD
2015
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African Art [electronic resource]: Legacy of Oppression

Belgium's Tervuren Museum contains the world's largest collection of Central African art, which consists of approximately 250,000 pieces. Noted journalist Paul Solman discusses the power and the true price of this collection with art historian Ramona Austin and journalist/author Adam Hochschild. In the immense Congo region, there are more than 250 different cultures, so there is a broad range of artistic styles to be found there. Austin is particularly drawn to the emotionally riveting abstracts, with their modernistic qualities and generalized forms that influenced Picasso and other European masters. She also admires the intricate detailing lavished on everyday objects like combs. But how did the Tervuren collect this body of art? Hochschild says that when Belgium's King Leopold II [...]
Online
2005; 1998
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Birth of a Language [electronic resource]

Melvyn Bragg begins the story of English in Holland, finding ancestral echoes in the Frisian dialect. What follows is a chapter on survival as the English language weathers Viking and Norman invasions, vying with and eventually absorbing rival tongues. Lively settings such as village pubs and markets bring home the lasting influence of Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Old French. The connection between Christianity, Latin, and an alphabet is explored, as well as the role of the language's first champion, King Alfred the Great. Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney reads from and discusses the first epic in English, Beowulf.
Online
2006; 2003
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Secrets of the Arabian Nights [electronic resource]

Since their appearance in Europe some 300 years ago, the stories of The Thousand and One Nights have entranced Western readers with visions of an exotic, magical Middle East. In this program, actor and director Richard E. Grant revisits the book he loved as a child and seeks to understand its persistent hold on the collective imagination. Grant travels to Paris to discover how the Arabist Antoine Galland imported the tales of Sinbad, Ali Baba, and Aladdin in the early 18th century. In Cairo, Grant explores the medieval Islamic world that gave birth to the beloved narratives while he examines present-day controversies over their sexually explicit content. Ultimately, Grant poses a question-can The Arabian Nights still enrich and possibly change Western perceptions of the Arab world?
Online
2011
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The Queen of Sheba [electronic resource]

This program marks the beginning of Michael Wood's quest as he ventures into the world of an exotic and mysterious woman of power. Immortalized in the Hebrew Bible, the Muslim Koran, and in many Christian traditions, the tale of the Queen's journey to meet King Solomon has been told and retold for nearly 3,000 years. Wood's fascinating voyage starts on Easter night in Jerusalem, taking him around the Red Sea to Egypt, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, and to the lost world of Axum. He discovers the legend has been told with variant detail: in Africa, she is black - and a woman of power; in Arabia, she's half-woman, half-demon. "But the tale of her transformations - from exotic and mysterious alien to eternal female; from fantasy mother and lover to cloven-footed demon," Woods notes, " is a para [...]
Online
2005
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Jason and the Golden Fleece [electronic resource]

This program explores one of the oldest stories in all of Greek mythology. Michael Wood traces the route of Jason and his famous boat, the Argo, from Greece to Turkey and modern-day Georgia. It begins in the town of Volos in Greece-where King Pelias feared Jason a contender to this throne and sent him on the impossible mission to the kingdom of Colchis on the Black Sea to retrieve the magical Golden Fleece. Similarly, Wood travels by boat to the Greek islands and Turkey, where he discovers whole communities of Pontic Greek-still living and speaking Greek in contemporary Turkey. Are they the hangover from hordes of ancient Greeks pushing east and exploring the Black Sea? Was the myth inspired by this exploration? In the end, in the remote region called Svaneti, Wood finds the true sou [...]
Online
2005
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Camelot [electronic resource]: Ancient Mystery

Camelot's court was home to lords and ladies, knights and sorcerers. The mythic tales of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere inspired stories, books, movies, and a Broadway classic. In this episode of Ancient Mysteries, historians and archaeologists lead us throughout England and Wales in search of Camelot and the truth behind one of the Western World's most beloved legends.
Online
1994
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Odysseus [electronic resource]: Curse of the Sea

This episode of Clash of the Gods examines Homer's The Odyssey, one of the most famous epics ever written. Follow its archetypal hero, Odysseus, as he sets sail on a twenty-year journey to return home from battle to reclaim his wife and kingdom. It's a timeless tale of adventure filled with mythological beasts, vengeful gods, and enchanting seductresses. But could it have actually happened? Underwater divers have uncovered remains that date back thousands of years, and may be a direct link to the story of Odysseus.
Online
2009
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Odysseus [electronic resource]: Warrior's Revenge

Perhaps the world's most famous epic poem, Homer's The Odyssey follows Odysseus as he undertake a twenty-year journey to return home from battle to reclaim his wife and kingdom. This episode of Clash of the Gods relates the tale of adventure, filled with legendary beasts, vengeful gods, and seductive sirens. Experts discuss that astronomical clues and new geological evidence suggest that the story may have roots in reality.
Online
2009
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The Odyssey of Troy [electronic resource]

This episode of Ancient Mysteries brings us back more than 3,000 years to the legendary city of Troy. Scholars delve into the secrets of Troy by researching the Greek poet Homer, who related the city's history in The Iliad. Their discoveries are revealed and shed new light on the legends of the Trojan horse, Achilles, the abduction of Helen, and the fall of Troy.
Online
1994
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Tolkien's Monsters [electronic resource]

This episode of Clash of the Gods presents the real story behind our most renowned modern myth - that classic story of good vs. evil, fought in the world of Middle Earth. We enter creator J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastical world of hobbits, orcs, and wizards, and uncover the real life influences that shaped his epic fantasy, The Lord of the Rings. Intriguing connections and parallels are drawn from this epic saga to the battlefields of World War I and the Bible.
Online
2009
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Origins of the Vampire [electronic resource]

Dark mysterious creatures, tales of vampires are told in many different cultures around the world. This revealing documentary explores the fear and intrigue that these undead beings stir. Origins of the Vampire also presents the surprising truth about real-life cases through history. From Vlad the Impaler's 16th century Transylvania to Bram Stoker's stories of the 19th century to today's movies and books, the lore of the vampire always thrills.
Online
1993
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Australia's Aborigines [electronic resource]

Many anthropologists believe that Australia's indigenous traditions make up the oldest surviving culture in the world. At the heart of this culture is a robust oral tradition and a belief system based upon reverence for the land, and for the spiritual dimension known as the Dreamtime. Composed of several different groups, each with a distinct set of customs and traditions, the Australian Aborigines are nevertheless linked by many linguistic and cultural similarities. This classic program ushers viewers into their ancient culture as tribal elders transfer knowledge of the old ways to what may be the last traditional Aboriginal generation.
Online
2010; 1988
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Egypt [electronic resource]: Secrets of the Pharaohs

Who actually built the pyramids? What innovations enabled the ancient Egyptians to practice mummification? Why did they select certain treasures for their journeys to the afterlife? This classic program travels to a land of mystery and marvel as archaeologists investigate the secrets of long-lost Pharaonic culture and technology. Viewers encounter the sophisticated methods used to construct the pyramids, the long-lost rituals and preparations involved in mummification (as demonstrated on a present-day cadaver), and the underground vault that still houses the mysterious ship of the Pharaoh Khufu: his magnificent vessel for eternity.
Online
2010; 1998
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The Magic of Reading [electronic resource]

If writing is the beginning of history, reading is the beginning of civilization. In this program, host Alberto Manguel traces the history of literacy via the Lascaux caves of prehistoric France; ancient Mesopotamia, birthplace of cuneiform and home to the Epic of Gilgamesh; and Egypt both past and present, with its monumental libraries at Alexandria. He then addresses the powerful benefits and dangerous drawbacks of personal interpretation of religious texts and ends with issues of access to books in deprived areas of the world.
Online
2009
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Music Moves the World [electronic resource]: Power and Passion of Rhythm, Melody, and Dance

This program travels to both developing and industrialized countries to capture culture-defining rhythms and melodies and explain the important roles they play in human society. With stops in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe, the video observes how music is used by gauchos and Cossacks, Sufis and Buddhist monks, Papuan warriors and Western soldiers, Senufo weavers and flamenco dancers, marching protesters and singing soccer fans, and many others. Harmony and polyphony, music as an organizing principle, the spiritual qualities of sound, and how the brain processes music are touched upon as well.
Online
2006; 2004
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Multilingual Hong Kong [electronic resource]: Sociolinguistic Case Study of Code-Switching

Using multilingual Hong Kong as a case in point, this program makes the hot-button phenomenon known as language-mixing easily accessible to any viewer through interviews with dozens of Hong Kong residents. Their explanations of why and when they mix Cantonese and English reveal much about cultural identity in cosmopolitan populations and the effects of globalization. Scholarly analysis is provided by specialists from The University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong.
Online
2006; 2005