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Ambrosino, Michael

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Most widely held works by Michael Ambrosino
The Incas by Jacques Vichet( Visual )

7 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the spectacular heights of Machu Piccu to jungle valleys and desert floors, this video travels the awesome world of the ancient Incas. It reveals one of the most impressive civilizations the world has ever known, and shows how they achieved their stunning century of success
Journey to the occupied lands( Visual )

10 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Producer-correspondent Michael Ambrosino examines the Israeli-occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip through a personal journey that explores the bitter and complex issues of land ownership, the scope and future of the Israeli settlements, the harsh realities of Israeli military justice, and daily life under Israeli occupation
The Chaco legacy( Visual )

7 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1849, a U.S. Army expedition in New Mexico came upon the first monumental stone ruins ever discovered in North America. By the 1920s, excavations had revealed the remains of a remarkable community, constructed entirely of mortarless masonry, which flourished nine hundred years ago in the Chaco Canyon. The community, Pueblo Bonito, was in fact a township, which included 800 living and storage rooms, as well as several large kiva: underground, circular ceremonial chambers, supported some 5,000 indivduals. Archaeologists have traced the growth of Pueblo Bonito, on the basis of masonry techniques, pottery designs, and tree-ring dates, and have concluded that the settlement grew rapidly within a few hundred years. Pueblo Bonito was not an isolated community in the desert. It was one of about a dozen equally impressive stone townships that once prospered on the northern side of Chaco Canyon. Around this center, archaeologists have suggested, more than seventy outlying settlements were linked through an extensive network of roads. The entire Chacoan area may have extended over 40,000 square miles in the San Juan Basin. This film explores the implications of these findings, and hypothesizes the reasons for the spectacular growth of this new kind of society, in which sophisticated irrigation systems, the uncertain environment, and widespread trading networks were all important factors. The Chacoans built their civilization in a fragile environment (perhaps in part because of it), and eventually, their technology may have been pushed beyond its limits. Around 1150 A.D., a climatic change in which a rainfall decrease may have occurred, fatally disrupted the delicate balance of the Chacoans with their desert homeland. Their splendid cities were suddenly abandoned, totally deserted by the early thirteenth century
Seeking the first Americans by Graham Chedd( Visual )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1988 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The earliest inhabitants of the New World came across the Bering Sea land bridge that opened as a result of glaciation, which lowered the level of the sea and connected the continents of Asia and America. The question of when these people walked from Siberia is still debated by archaeologists. In 1932, a site excavated near Clovis, New Mexico, yielded the bones of extinct animals in association with man-made, skillfully fluted stone points. With the development of radiocarbon dating in the late 1940s, it was determined that "Clovis man" had lived between 12,000 and 11,000 years ago. Finely flaked Clovis stone tools have been discovered throughout North America, suggesting an extraordinarily rapid spread - either of ideas and technology, or of people. Presumably Clovis men and women moved across the land, hunting large animals (mammoth, bison, saber-toothed tiger) with stone points hafted to spears, and collecting wild fruits, thistle leaves, yucca pods, roots, and nuts. This film addresses a number of puzzles associated with the discovery of early man in America, in addition to the question of diffusion of ideas versus migration of people. What accounts for the rapid growth of Clovis culture across the continent, and for its rather quick demise: within a thousand years, American megafauna (except for bison) were extinct, and Clovis stone tool technology had been replaced by other forms. Does Clovis culture represent the earliest human occupation of this area, or did peoples perhaps 40,000 years ago leave less recognizable evidence of themselves? If bone tools preceded stone, how can scientists determine whether a broken piece of bone has been modified by man, and not simply crunched by a large bear? What can we learn from experimental archaeology: making stone tools, or butchering a bison with a Clovis-style knife? These and other questions are explored by several archaeologists." DER website
Margaret Mead, taking note by Ann Peck( Visual )

5 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gives a biographical account of the career of anthropoligist Margaret Mead. Traces the influences on her work and summarizes her conributions to anthropological theory and method
Dadi's family by Michael Camerini( Visual )

3 editions published between 1981 and 1988 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dadi manages the household of a farming family in India. The grandmother, Dadi, manages the household and tries to hold the extended family together despite external and internal pressures. Focuses on the role and lives of the women, who become members of their husbands' family upon marriage
James Brown : live at the Boston Garden, April 5, 1968 by James Brown( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Live performance on the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and broadcast the same night on WGBH Boston
Myths and the moundbuilders( Visual )

3 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The huge earthworks and mounds scattered through the eastern half of the United States prompted people in the nineteenth century to speculate that a lost civilization had preceded the Indians then living among the mounds. Though we've known for some time that the ancestors of those Indians actually built the mounds, archaeologists are still exploring their contents for a better understanding of their builders
The Kirghiz of Afghanistan( Visual )

4 editions published between 1981 and 1991 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Kirghiz of Afghanistan are a group of some 2,000 pastoralists living on a bleak mountain plateau in a narrow isthmus of land between the borders of the Soviet Union and China. For nine months of the year heavy snows cover the ground, which was formerly used only by the Kirghiz for their summer pastures before the borders were closed, virtually terminating the contact of this group with other Kirghiz communities. Although the film shows dramatically the ten-day journey which lowland traders must make to reach this remote people, as well as scenes of a Kirghiz wedding and the traditional Central Asian sport of `buzkashi' demonstrating the horse-riding skills of the people there is very little about the pastoral economy and society of the ordinary Kirghiz. The main reason for this is that the film focuses on the remarkable wealth and authority of their leader the Khan by far the wealthiest pastoralist on the plateau. Ninety-five Kirghiz families work for him as shepherds and herders. The film's principal concern is to show the way in which the Khan wields his power (using interviews with him and illustrative scenes) which thus turns The Kirghiz into a study of oppressive paternalism in this remote corner of the world. There is, however, some disagreement over the interpretation of the Khan's role
Franz Boas, 1858-1942 by Franz Boas( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profile of the German physicist who was responsible for shaping the course of American anthropology, by bringing discipline and order to a field that had previously dealt in subjective "race classification." Includes reflections and anecdotes by scholars and students, excerpts from journals and letters, and archival photographs. Discusses the Kwakiutl Indians, the principal subjects of Boas' field work
Other people's garbage( Visual )

7 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Archeological excavations of the recent past expand our understanding of the texture of everyday life. Historical archeologists have unique resources not often available to prehistoric archeologists--records, legal, civil and historic documents and oral histories. Looks at the mining town at Mount Diablo, east of San Francisco; the slave quarters on the plantations of Saint Simon's Island, Georgia; and archeological projects made necessary by the expansion of Boston's mass transit system
Ke xue tan qi : jie kai ke xue de shen mi mian sha by An bu xi nuo( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in Chinese and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maya lord of the jungle by John Angier( Visual )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buried deep in the jungles of Central America are hundreds of majestic temples, intricately craved stones, and painted pots--all that remain of the classic Maya civilization that thrived for thousands of years and then, mysteriously, collapsed
The Three Worlds of Bali( Visual )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicts the interrelationships of art, religion, agriculture, and social life in Bali, where the temples are the cornerstone of society
Little injustices : Laura Nader looks at the law by Terry Kay Rockefeller( Visual )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthropologist Laura Nader compares the resolution of everyday complaints in law between a small Zapotec Indian village and the United States. Studies are based on a 10-year study of 5000 consumer complaints. She discusses the legal procedures and remedies, and comments on the problems of an impersonal law and on large corporations
On the cowboy trail( Visual )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows Ray Holmes, one of the last true cowboys, who still rides herd in the cattle country of southeastern Montana, and looks at how new farming techniques and strip-mining threaten time-honored traditions of ranching and the land itself
Ben's mill( Visual )

5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben Thresher's mill is one of the few water-powered, wood-working mills left in this country. Operating in rural Vermont since 1848, the mill is a unique link between the age of craft and the age of industry. Ben still uses his machine to turn out items such as watering tubs and horsedrawn sleds for his neighbors in the farming community
Ke xue xin yu : jie kai ke xue de shen mi mian sha by Michael Ambrosino( Book )

2 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in Chinese and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eyes on the prize. America's civil rights years( Visual )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... is the first comprehensive history of the people, the stories, the events, and the issues of the 20th century struggle for justice in America."--1987 Peabody Awards entry form excerpt. This first episode uses archival footage, photographs, and interviews to looks at the history of segregation in the U.S., focusing on the South, and the impact of the 1954 Supreme Court decision against segregation in Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. Highlighted is the Emmett Till murder case and Rosa Parks and the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes footage of excerpts of speeches of King, Mose Wright, Mamie Till Bradley, Roy Bryant, J.W. Milam, Roy Wilkins, H.C. Strider, Sam Engelhardt, Sen. James Eastland and Clyde Sellers
Eyes on the prize. America's civil rights movement( Visual )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... is the first comprehensive history of the people, the stories, the events, and the issues of the 20th century struggle for justice in America."--1987 Peabody Awards entry form excerpt. Episode three uses archival footage and interviews to look at two major events that involved college students in the civil rights struggle: the lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, Tennessee and the Freedom Riders trip from Washington D.C. to Jackson, Mississippi. The program also looks at the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the importance it played in these events. Includes footage of excerpts of speeches of Ben West, Jim Lawson, Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, James Peck, Gov. John Patterson, Jim Zwerg, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
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James Brown : live at the Boston Garden, April 5, 1968