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A Search for Vanished People


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by Elizabeth Patapoff
color, 30 min, 1982




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Pioneering archaeologist, Luther Cressman, pursued the evidence that describes the lifeways of the earliest people of the Northern Great Basin. Cressman explores the caves where he discovered basket fragments, sagebrush sandals and ancient weapons. Carbon dating verified that people had lived in the region during the last Ice Age, 13,000 years ago. This film shows Dr. Cressman's more than 40 years of research on western prehistory.

A Search For Vanished People is an important historical film about Native North Americans.

DER thanks Oregon Public Broadcasting for the opportunity to rescue these fine archival films from obscurity. This film is excellent for classroom use from 6th grade to adult.

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