Daniel Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma and Director of the American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. He discusses the importance of distinguishing between the variety of languages, cultures, and habitats among American Indian tribes both in the past and today, and urges teachers to disabuse their students of some of the often-repeated stereotypes about Native peoples that persist in American culture. In this presentation he focuses on the practical awareness of and interaction with the environment among American Indian groups.
Brian DeLay, associate professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses how the backwater of western Europe emerged from the devastation of the fourteenth century to generate the power, wealth, knowledge, institutions, and energy to initiate and develop a worldwide expansion.
In this lecture Elliott West, a professor of history at the University of Arkansas, describes how the introduction of Old World phenomena such as guns, horses, and new diseases affected the Native peoples of the New World.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, James Duncan Professor of History and director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, examines cloth-making in the colonial era in New England as a household industry, how and why cloth from the eighteenth century was preserved during the colonial revival, and why eighteenth-century women marked the cloth they made with their names and other details of their lives.