ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: PBS’s Landmark Native America explores vast civilizations of America’s First Peoples

AMERICAS AS A CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

EYE-OPENING VISTAS—The ambitious new PBS series, The Americas, aims at nothing less than a historic transformation of our attitudes toward ancient American civilizations. For decades, many new books and films about Indians have focused on their cultural collision with Europeans. PBS steps way back to give us a vast view of these connected civilizations even before Columbus set sail.

We tend to think of the world’s greatest ancient innovators as having lived around the Mediterranean, but this new PBS series wants to expand our awareness. In a collaboration between scholars and Native peoples, these filmmakers introduce us to wonders that most of us have never imagined. In the first episode, alone, we visit the world’s first stone representation of the changing seasons—created thousands of years before Stonehenge.

Our review, this week says: Don’t miss this series! Our review also includes links to the PBS homepage, where you’ll find a host of additional resources, including an interactive map and video clips. This is the kind of series you’ll want to discuss in a class or small group—or simply over coffee with friends.

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A PHILOSOPHY FOR LEARNING—AND FOR LIFE

MEET PRINCIPAL HOUSTON-FROST—This week, GodSigns columnist Suzy Farbman takes us to a remarkable middle school where Principal LaShawn Houston-Frost infuses her philosophy for learning—and for life—throughout the faculty and student body. Part of LaShawn’s philosophy? “What I do isn’t a job. It’s a mission, a lot like pastoring. It takes patience and perseverance. When most others would give up, I always feel there’s hope.”

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

ALLHALLOWTIDE, SAMHAIN, DIA DE LOS MUERTES—Are you already preparing for this cluster of holidays at the end of October? Stephanie Fenton’s column has all the background, fresh ideas—and a dozen helpful links to find DIY projects and great recipes.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH—We devoted an entire Cover Story on October 1 to this important month, which touches the lives of millions of American families. You’ll find helpful tips as well as an inspirational boost in our interview with Jeanine Patten-Coble, the author of Struck by Hope. 

DIWALIComing in November is India’s popular festival of lights, called Diwali.
In recognition of the triumph of light over darkness, Diwali bears great significance for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike. As awareness of Indian culture spreads, major celebrations now are hosted around the world.
Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

HOW DO WE OPEN A BOOK?
That is, how do we gather all those engaging pieces that appear in the opening pages of a new book? In David Crumm’s column—in our series about the Mysteries of Metadata—we look at this fun process of welcoming allies to help readers discover a wonderful new release. What’s the difference between a Foreword, a Preface, an Introduction and endorsements? You’ll find out in this week’s tour through the first few pages of a book.

Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

Learn more about the October 2018 issue.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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