Monday, May 4, 2009

Part 4 Of PBS 'We Shall Remain' Documentary On Geronimo Airs Tonight

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The fourth segment of Public Broadcasting's "We Shall Remain" documentary airs tonight at 9 p.m. and will focus on the life of Geronimo.

Born around 1820 in the region of what is now southern New Mexico's Gila Wilderness, Geronimo led the last Indian fighting force to formally capitulate to the U.S. government.

Even on his deathbed, he declared to his nephew that he should never have surrendered.

As already mentioned, the Geronimo documentary airs tonight but tomorrow night is another interesting documentary. The PBS documentary on the cracking of the Mayan Indian code will air tomorrow night at 8 p.m. (originally aired in April).

According to PBS, "The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script, carved on monuments, painted on pottery, and drawn in handmade bark-paper books. For centuries, scholars considered it too complex ever to understand—until recently, when an ingenious series of breakthroughs finally cracked the code and unleashed a torrent of new insights into the Mayas' turbulent past. For the first time, NOVA presents the epic inside story of how the decoding was done—traveling to the remote jungles of southern Mexico and Central America to investigate how the code was broken and what Maya writings now reveal."

"The Maya script is the New World's most highly developed ancient writing system, and it is "our one and only opportunity to peer into the Americas before the arrival of Europeans and hear these people speaking to us," says Simon Martin, a specialist in Maya inscriptions at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Yet records of this written language were all but destroyed by European conquerors, who burned an untold number of Maya books. Today, only four known, partial examples survive."