A part of our “Netflix Academy: The best educational videos available to stream” series. To learn more about dinosaurs, the American founding fathers, and aquatic life in general, check out our other Netflix Academy postings. These lists would not have been possible without the assistance of research interns Melissa Reynolds and Singer Crawford.
The Core Knowledge Sequence, from which I drew inspiration for this series, places a strong emphasis on providing young children with access to important historical material. There are many who disagree with E.D. Hirsch’s position and believe that children should not be exposed to stories about ancient civilizations such as Mesopotamia because of their age. As a father, I can attest to the validity of this claim.
The best streaming videos on Ancient American civilizations are presented here in that spirit. A “unit” leading up to Columbus Day will include lessons on Native American cultures and the Age of Discovery. Enjoy!
1. Ancient Civilizations (Episodes 2, 5, and 8)
Explore the emergence and collapse of one of the world’s most intriguing civilizations in the Dawn of the Maya documentary.
Explore the Andes with archaeologists and learn about the lost world of the Incas as they unearth their mummies.
An investigation into the mystery surrounding the “formerly great” Mayan Empire.
2. Dawn of the Maya
Until recently, pre-classic Maya civilisation was regarded to be a primitive culture due to a lack of evidence to support its existence. The ancient Maya, it turns out, were a technologically skilled culture, as recently discovered archeological evidence suggests Discoveries concerning this magnificent civilization, which produced sophisticated art, established an early writing system and built enormous pyramids, are revealed by National Geographic in the jungles of Guatemala.
3. The Great Inca Rebellion
According to the widely believed belief of historians, sixteenth-century Spanish conquistadors quickly captured the Incan kingdom with minimal resistance. According to the documentary, the Spanish invasion of the ancient civilization may have lasted up to twenty years, based on tangible evidence found in the battlefield and dazzling CGI animation reenactments.
4. Travel with Kids: Peru
Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca citadel perched high in the Andes, is accessible by train from Cuzco and is surrounded by a network of ancient footpaths and trade routes, notably the Inca Trail.
5. Mayans and Aztecs: Ancient Lands of the Americas
They are famous for their building, sculpture, art, and ceremonies that included large-scale human sacrifices. Insightful interpretation and analysis are also included in this program’s excellent graphics and computer animation.
6. Global Treasures: Teotihuacan, Mexico
Researchers are still baffled by the ruins of Teotihuacan, the ancient metropolis of Mexico. In the past, little was known about this first significant metropolis in North America’s historic rise and fall.
7. Mysterious World of the Inca
In the past, South America was home to a number of Indian tribes, but the Inca Empire was the most mighty and influential.
8. In the Land of Maya and Inca
Mayan and Inca archaeological sites in Latin America are surrounded by legends, mysteries, and mystery.
9. Worlds of the Maya
Worlds of the Maya takes a look at Belize and Guatemala, two countries with a rich Mayan heritage.
10. The Incas Remembered
One of the most awe-inspiring monuments to their genius is the stone village of Machu Picchu, which stands at an altitude of 9,000 feet above sea level. Centuries ago, they performed miraculously technical brain surgery, built modern irrigation canals, and made agricultural discoveries that are still used today. When they built this architectural marvel, how did they transport the stones up the mountain? Known as the Incas, they were a fascinating race that ruled over most of South America before being conquered by the Spanish. The Incas Remembered is a fascinating documentary by award-winning director Lucy Jarvis that explores the wonders of the Incas’ past.