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Mystery of the Maya ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB524993
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Barrie Howells, Don Haig, Mark Zannis, Frank Corcoran, Georgina Balzarreti
Directors:  Barrie Howells, Roberto Rochin
Producing Agencies:  Canadian Museum of Civilization (Hull),Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia (Mexico),Musée canadien des civilisations (Hull),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Archaeology, Canadian History, Civics, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Global Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1995
Running Time:  38m 01s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Deep within the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala and extending into the limestone shelf of the Yucatan peninsula lie the fabled pyramids, temples and palaces of the Maya. While Europe still slumbered in the Dark Ages, these innovative people had charted the heavens, evolved the only true writing system native to the Americas and had made tremendous strides in mathematics and calendrics.

Without metal tools, beasts of burden or even the wheel, the Maya were able to construct vast cities. Filmed at numerous sacred sites throughout Central America, Mystery of the Maya explores the culture, science and history of this fascinating people.

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