Ideal for helping both students and adults to understand the beginnings of American history, both North and South, this film provides a fascinating study of the magnificent civilizations of pre-columbian America. Focusing on Peru’s ancient civilizations, it first explores the obscure origins and legends of the Chavin, Paracas, Nasca, Mochica and Tiahuanaco cultures, and concludes with that of the dazzling Inca Empire. Interspersed with colorful animation by Gerald McDermott and stunning photography and detailed studies of ancient textiles, American Museum of Natural History. Original score by Thomas Wagner. Photography by Sam Bryan.