The West (1996)

One Sky Above Us 

Los Angeles steals its water supply, millions of Mexicans migrate north, and Hollywood begins to shape the West and the nation's image of it.


Stephen Ives


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Richard White Richard White ... Himself - Historian
T.H. Watkins T.H. Watkins ... Himself - Writer
Marc Reisner Marc Reisner ... Himself - Writer
Dayton Duncan Dayton Duncan ... Himself - Writer
Rudolfo Anaya Rudolfo Anaya ... Himself - Writer
Ricardo Romo Ricardo Romo ... Himself - Historian
Terry Tempest Williams Terry Tempest Williams ... Herself - Writer
Albert White Hat Albert White Hat ... Himself - Lakota
David Love David Love ... Himself - Geologist
N. Scott Momaday ... Himself - Writer
Tantoo Cardinal ... Herself (voice)
Blythe Danner ... Herself (voice)
Hector Elizondo ... Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (voice)
Gilly Gilchrist ... Himself (voice)


In 1893, the 400th anniversary of Columbus's arrival in the New World was celebrated in Chicago. It was called The World's Columbian Exposition, and it was so large, so ambitious, so self-congratulatory, that it took an extra year just to get everything ready. Twenty-four million people paid their way into the fair, more than had ever attended any other event in the history of the world. All the western states struggled to outshine one another -- including the brand-new states of North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. The California pavilion was shaped like a Spanish mission. On display inside were a goddess made entirely of figs and a conquistador built of prunes. For its exhibit hall, Montana reconstructed a mountain man's cabin. Kansas showed off a gigantic mural made of grain, and an entire herd of buffalo -- stuffed. In a speech given at the fair, a young, unknown historian named Frederick Jackson Turner declared for the first time that the frontier had ... Written by PBS

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22 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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