Geography

Fijian Folkways

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Folkways are considered any informal mores that are followed through imitation and mild social pressure but not strictly enforced or put into law. Dr. Sharyn Jones discusses some Fijian folkways as she narrates a video tour of the town of Liku, a town of about 60 people. It is the most traditional village on the island of Nayau.

Conservative Families in a Changing America | America by the Numbers

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Learn why some white American families are moving out of cities, beyond suburbs, to "exurbs," in this clip from America by the Numbers. Hear from the Boland family, who moved from Los Angeles to Northern Idaho, in search of a quieter life, with a focus on conservative, Christian values.

Civic Engagement in a Changing America | America by the Numbers

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Learn about the importance of civic engagement and local politics, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Clarkston, Georgia has gone from being majority white in 1980 to majority non-white today. Some of the new inhabitants, including Birendra Dhakal, who is from Bhutan, are hoping to have a say in local politics by running for city council.

Archaeology in Fiji

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Archaeology is the scientific study of the lives and activities of people of the past through the objects they left behind. Often these objects are in pieces and through the process of time have become buried in dirt. Archaeologists meticulously gather these objects and attempt to piece together how people of the past lived. In this video graduate student Mallory K. Messersmith talks about her masters project which was based on her work during the 2009 and 2010 Fiji expeditions. She is studying Fijian earth ovens and hearths as they have been utilized both in the past and present. She is also studying the way they are constructed in order to determine the difference between the lovo (earth oven) and hearth structures.

Politics of the New South | America by the Numbers: Episode 5

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Revisit Clarkston, Georgia—the small southern town with a large immigrant population, which was featured in episode one. As Clarkston prepares for local elections in 2013, hear from the candidates running for office, three of whom are former refugees. Will they be able to bring new voters to the polls and make their voices heard? Watch this remarkable moment in Clarkston's history unfold, and learn about the importance of community and local politics.

The New River National River

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Discover the beauty of the New River National River area and the many resources it provides to the region.

Harriet Tubman’s Home Designated as National Park | PBS NewsHour

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The National Park Service recently made Harriet Tubman's home in Auburn, New York a national park. Tubman became famous by acting as the conductor of the Underground Railroad. She was born into slavery around 1820 in Maryland, and eventually escaped to Pennsylvania at the age of 27. Following her own escape, Tubman returned to the South frequently to lead other slaves to freedom and to leave instructions for others seeking escape, earning the nickname “Moses.”

March 6, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

Irrigating Machu Picchu | Time Scanners: Machu Picchu: Chapter 4

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Learn more about how the ancient Incas at Machu Picchu accessed fresh water in this segment from Time Scanners. The team of archaeologists, local guides, and structural engineers venture through deep undergrowth to find a water source. They laser scan the entire canal system to collect data and create a digital point cloud image to study.

The New Mainstream in America | America by the Numbers

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Learn about "the new mainstream" in America, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Guy Garcia, a social trends tracker, discusses the largest demographic change in United States history, by deciphering the latest census numbers. This change is happening now, and is caused by massive population growth for Latinos, African Americans, and Asians. The new mainstream will affect every facet of contemporary life—from how we eat, to how we vote.

Iñupiaq Whale Hunt

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This video, adapted from material provided by the ECHO partners, shows a whale hunt with Native Iñupiaq hunters. The Iñupiaq people have been hunting whales for thousands of years, and many of their hunting methods and traditions continue to be passed down from generation to generation. On this expedition, the crew successfully kills a bowhead whale. The entire community joins together to bring in the whale, butcher and distribute it, and then celebrate the hunt.

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