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Two-part documentary in which archaeologist Dr Jago Cooper explores the culture of the American Northwest, revealing one the most inspiring stories in human history. In the second episode, Jago reveals how a cultural tradition that began over 10,000 years ago managed to survive against the odds. Following European contact, the indigenous peoples of what is now southeast Alaska, British Columbia and Washington state suffered disease, theft of their land and oppression. But Jago argues that northwest coast culture has an extraordinary resilience. Its connection to the land has been developed over thousands of years, which meant that it was able to adapt and transform when faced with threats and disruption. These qualities make it one of the longest continuous cultures in the Americas.

Episode Title: Survival
Airs: 2016-08-03 at 21:00