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‘Hidden Landscapes’ video series

I’m contacting you because I thought readers would be interested in hearing about the revelations outlined within the just-released “Hidden Landscapes” video series, a new, groundbreaking series that is changing the view of Native American history in the Northeast U.S. One of the filmmakers and others involved can discuss their latest film, “The Great Falls,” which explores the ongoing struggle between local/federal officials and Native American leaders over the recognition and preservation of ceremonial landscapes that form a rich legacy hidden in the Northeastern environment.

Please see below and visit www.hiddenlandscape.com for more information and respond to this message when you get a free moment to let me know if you’d like me to send you a copy of one of the below-mentioned films and set up a time to interview those involved with the film series. They would also be more than happy to walk the sites featured in the films and speak with you in person.

John Pellegrino

Founder

Let It Be Known Public Relations

617-872-1875

john@letitbeknownpr.com

Changing the Perception of History

Hidden Landscapes Video Series Is Changing the View of Native American History in Northeast U.S.

Wellesley, MA – Accepted history as it relates to the Native American cultures of the Northeastern United States tells one story about the past, while recent discoveries laid out within a fascinating, thought provoking video series offer evidence that paints quite a different picture.

Professional scientists, Native American preservation leaders and avocational researchers have combined their efforts to outline a startling new picture of Eastern Native civilization which calls into question accepted anthropological models and time frames.

The Hidden Landscapes video series examines how the present interpretation of Indian culture has developed over time. From the antiquarian legends of ancient lost races and the disputed origin of the region’s mysterious stone ruins, to the infancy of professional anthropology and the incredible archeological discoveries of today, the Hidden Landscape series chronicles a changing perspective on the environmental and cultural history of Eastern Native peoples going back to the Ice Age.

“The Great Falls” is the first documentary in the Hidden Landscapes series and explores the ongoing struggle between local/federal officials and Native American leaders over the recognition and preservation of ceremonial landscapes that form a rich legacy hidden in the Northeastern environment.

“Our series carefully lays out evidence which puts into question what our text books tell us about the sophistication of the ancient cultures that once inhabited Eastern North America.” said director Ted Timreck. “As part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Studies Archive, the footage has been collected over the past 30 years and represents an ongoing research project in landscape archeology that also focuses on contemporary, professional issues like the development of best practices in Native consultation and preservation. Viewers will also witness the heartfelt pride Native American leaders have for their history and culture, and their impassioned efforts to ensure that physical evidence of their past is not only recognized but preserved as a part of American history.”

In 2008, the National Register of Historic Places used the Hidden Landscapes program to help determine that a hill in Turners Falls, MA was eligible for inclusion on the National Register. It was the first site in Eastern North America to be recognized as a Native ceremonial stone landscape.

“Before the Lake Was Champlain” is the second program in the series and explores an amazing, unknown chapter in the history of Ice Age America. A discovery on a high beach terrace, which was once at the edge of a great inland sea now called glacial Lake Iroquois-Champlain, shows that over 10,000 years ago, ancient sea peoples were connected by water from New England to an ice-free part of Northern Labrador more than 1,500 nautical miles away. A sophisticated, maritime culture with boats and the technological capability to navigate the North Atlantic during the Ice Age is not the picture our textbooks outline.

“The New Antiquarian” is the third program currently in production. The narrative explores recent discoveries following the innovative new approaches to collaboration that have been formed between the professional, Native and antiquarian voices involved in the project. It will look at the new partnerships that have formed between local communities and the research groups in their efforts to identify and preserve the stone monuments and earthworks of Eastern North America.

I would like images and a 700 – 800 word story on the exhibit for an upcoming A&E section. Due March 12

If interested in this story e-mail me at kpolisse@indiancountry.com. {subject line fo link: ‘Hidden Landscapes’ video series – Due March 12]