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        The Pilgrims: Native American Relationship to the Land

        Explore differences in historical perspectives with respect to Native Americans and the land at the time the Plymouth Colony was established, in this adapted DVD extra from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims. A Native anthropologist disputes a prominent 17th-century English text that describes Native people as “heathens” and “not industrious,” and their land as “spacious and void.” Historian Linda Coombs describes how Native people lived and moved over the land, taking what they needed without destroying it. The English text and a contemporary analysis written by Plimoth Plantation historians are included in Support Materials. Teaching Tips offer suggestions for how to integrate the resources into your teaching. This resource is part of the American Experience: The Pilgrims collection.

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