First Contact in Terrence Malick's "The New World"

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All Americans know the story. In 1607, English adventurers moored their tall-masted ships off the coast of Virginia, declared the rough colony of Jamestown, and came face-to-face with the American vastness and the native inhabitants.

Things went badly. Chief Powhatan was not happy. Captain John Smith was soon about to be killed. The chief's daughter, Pocahontas, saved his life.

School books have told the story for eons. Disney has already told the story. Now, filmmaker Terrence Malick plumbs its poetry in the ravishing new film, "The New World."

Hear about the first contact ands the facts and fiction of the world-changing 1607 meeting at Jamestown.


David Price, author, "Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation"

Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, professor of cultural anthropology and coordinator of the American Indian Resource Center, College of William & Mary

Steve Adkins, Chief of the Chickahominy Tribe

Jack Beatty, "On Point" news analyst and a senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

This program aired on January 24, 2006.


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