The West

The West (1996) chronicles the history of one of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth. Beginning when the land belonged only to Native Americans and ending in the 20th century, the film introduces unforgettable characters— gold seekers, cowboys, homesteaders, Indian leaders—whose competing dreams transformed the land.

  • Mythic Heroes of the West | Ken Burns America: The West

    View images of some of the mythic heroes of the American West, such as trapper, scout, and soldier Kit Carson; soldier, bison hunter, and showman William “Buffalo Bill” Cody; and the famed General George Custer, who died fighting Lakota and Cheyenne warriors at the Battle of Little Bighorn ("Custer's Last Stand") in the Montana Territory. The American West is filled with mythic stories of cowboys and western heroes, as well as strong, proud Native American cultures that flourished there for thousands of years before white men arrived. It was an unknown, wild region of the United States before Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery explored it in the early 1800s. 

    Grades: 6-12