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Episode Guide

  • Odyssey - We Are Mehinaku (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    We Are Mehinaku

    A small Indian tribe in the Amazon holds onto its traditional culture despite encroaching economic development.

  • Odyssey - Maya, Lords of the Jungle (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Maya, Lords of the Jungle

    Majestic temples, intricately carved stones and painted pots are all that remain of the Mayan civilization.

  • Odyssey - Some Women of Marrakech (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Some Women of Marrakech

    An all-woman crew films Islamic women of Morocco, who share their views on family, friends and religion.

  • Odyssey - Margaret Mead: Taking Note (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:

    Margaret Mead: Taking Note

    Interviews with family and friends and footage of her trips form a portrait of the anthropologist/author.

  • Odyssey - Ben's Mill (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    Ben's Mill

    Ben Thresher's unique mill in Vermont, one of the few water-powered mills operating today, has existed since 1848.

  • Odyssey - Dadi's Family (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    Dadi's Family

    Social and economic change in India and family pressures threaten the authority of a farming clan's matriarch.

  • Odyssey - Masters of Metal (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:

    Masters of Metal

    Archaeologists discover European knowledge of metallurgy circa 4500 B.C., 2000 years before the Egyptians built pyramids.

  • Odyssey - The Three Worlds of Bali (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    The Three Worlds of Bali

    The Balinese delicately balance the world of gods and demons with daily offerings of music, dance, poetry and food.

  • Odyssey - Myths & Moundbuilders (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    Myths & Moundbuilders

    Archaeologists study the huge early American Indian earthworks and mounds scattered across the United States.

  • Odyssey - Little Injustices: Laura Nader Looks at the Law (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    Little Injustices: Laura Nader Looks at the Law

    Anthropologist Laura Nader compares the U.S. legal system to those of Sweden, Ghana and Turkey.

  • Odyssey - Bath Waters (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    Bath Waters

    A deadly amoeba and the hot-springs baths of Bath, England, provide a key to the mysteries of the 2,000-year-old Roman spa.

  • Odyssey - The Kirghiz of Afghanistan (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    The Kirghiz of Afghanistan

    Communist takeover of Afghanistan forces the mountain people to abandon their homeland and nomadic existence.

  • Odyssey - Lucy & the First Family (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Lucy & the First Family

    The discovery of the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor ever found sparks controversy about human evolution.

  • Odyssey - On the Cowboy Trail (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    On the Cowboy Trail

    New farming techniques and strip mining threaten the time-honored traditions of ranching and the land itself.

  • Odyssey - Ancient Mariners (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    Ancient Mariners

    Three shipwrecks help archaeologists reconstruct the development of shipbuilding and the lives of early sailors.

  • Odyssey - The Sakuddei (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    The Sakuddei

    The Indonesian government's program to improve the Sakuddei's lifestyle clashes with their traditional beliefs and habitat.

  • Odyssey - Key to the Land of Silence (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Key to the Land of Silence

    A frustrating quest to unravel the mysteries of ancient Egypt leads to the discovery of the Rosetta Stone.

  • Odyssey - Cree Hunters of Mistassini (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:

    Cree Hunters of Mistassini

    The Cree Indians of Canada preserve their heritage by adhering to their forefathers' customs.

  • Odyssey - The Chaco Legacy (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    The Chaco Legacy

    Historians learn how and why early inhabitants of Chaco Canyon, N.M., constructed a sophisticated water-control system.

  • Odyssey - Other People's Garbage (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    Other People's Garbage

    Archaeologists learn about our ancestors' everyday life through written records and ordinary objects left behind.

  • Odyssey - Ongka's Big Moka (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Ongka's Big Moka

    A New Guinea man organizes an elaborate presentation of gifts to encourage alliances with other tribes and gain prestige.

  • Odyssey - The Incas (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    The Incas

    Three archaeologists document the extensive development of roads, towns and agriculture in the 350,000-square-mile Incan empire.

  • Odyssey - Odyssey (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:


    Archaeologists explore the underwater remains of La Trinidad Valenceria, a ship of the 1588 Spanish Armada.

  • Odyssey - Franz Boas (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Franz Boas

    A profile of Boas reveals how his beliefs in human equality and the importance of fieldwork influenced anthropology.

  • Odyssey - N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman

    A 28-year study of one African woman chronicles a vanishing way of life in the African bush.

  • Odyssey - Seeking the First Americans (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Seeking the First Americans

    Archaeologists search from Texas to Alaska for clues to the identity of the first North American inhabitants.