Synopsis by Alice Day
This series of programs examines the impact that the pre-Columbus European settlers had on the wilderness and native cultures in North America. The colonists struggled to gain control of the land, trying to tame its wild nature while seeking domination over the animals that populated the forests and plains. In marked contrast, native Americans, such as the Powhatan and Cherokee tribes adapted their ways to the changing of the seasons, and had a more spiritual relationship with the birds and animals that were found in such abundance. Land of the Eagle Vol. 1: "The Great Encounters" explores the differences in the two approaches.