Archaeological Legacy Institute, a partner of AntiquityNOW, is producing a new video series available online and on select cable channels. Strata: Portraits of Humanity is a monthly half-hour showcase for unique and diverse stories about the world’s cultural heritage. Stories come from across the globe with segments produced by Archaeological Legacy Institute and dozens of producer and distributor partners around the world.
AntiquityNOW will be developing curriculum for each show. The goal of this project is to introduce young people to various ancient and indigenous cultures and spark their thinking about how societies try to reconcile their traditions in the face of encroaching modernity.
AntiquityNOW and Archaeological Legacy Institute also co-sponsor LegacyQuest, an international film and video festival for children 12-15 years of age.
The first Strata show is “Sailing Canoe,” a new film by Adam Thompson following the efforts of people across Micronesia to re-learn the art of sailing canoes. It traces the connections of people from Guam and Rota to Yap and the outer islands of Micronesia that once were connected by long-distance canoe voyages. Modern development has affected each island differently and each struggles in its own way to maintain its ancient heritage. From the most urbanized islands to the most remote and traditional, the art of sailing canoes survives through the efforts of a few knowledgeable people.
Shows are available on Archaeological Legacy Institute’s nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel, as well as on cable TV in cities across the United States. Strata program details can be found at http://www.archaeologychannel.org/video-guide/strata-portraits-of-humanity. The growing list of 26 cable TV stations carrying the show soon will be posted at The Archaeology Channel. They include placement in the local on-demand menu of Comcast cable in Oregon and Washington.