This is only Part 1 of the 4 part, 8 hour documentary on Native American hosted by Kevin Costner on CBS back in April 1995.
Kevin Costner opens with his experience being involved in the epic attempt to tell this incredibly important history,
“My knowledge of history has been limited by what I was taught,” Costner says in tonight’s opening. “As far as I was concerned, the history of the continent started 500 years ago when Columbus discovered the New World. But we know that’s not true.
“There were people here. So how is it that we know so little about the human history of America? Could it be that we don’t think it worthy of mention the way history has remembered the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome, Egypt or China?
“The truth is we have a story worth talking about. . . . Long before the first Europeans arrived here, there were some 500 nations already in North America. . . . In the coming hours, ‘500 Nations’ looks back on these ancient cultures.”