The West

The West is a series that includes stories of the Native American experience, from the era before Europeans appeared on the landscape to the tragic days of Sand Creek, Washita and Wounded Knee; stories of the Spanish West, from the times of the conquistadors' expeditions to the emergence of the barrio as an enclave of cultural traditions; pioneer stories from the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Exodus; war stories from San Jacinto and Lawrence, Kansas; stories of miners and missionaries, ranchers and railroaders, educators and industrialists. It is a chronicle that captures all the grandeur of the West and all the energy of its people, and one that probes the conflicting visions and competing values that made an American nation on this vast land.

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One Sky Above Us (1887-1914)

Episode 1x08; Sep 22, 1996

As settlers race to claim tribal lands, Native Americans take up the Ghost Dance, trusting in its power to restore a lost way of life until their hopes are crushed at Wounded Knee. The new century marks a new era in the West, an age of aqueducts and

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x08: One Sky Above Us (1887-1914)Sep 22, 1996
1x07: The Geography of Hope (1877-1887)Sep 21, 1996
1x06: Fight No More Forever (1874-1877)Sep 20, 1996
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