The West (1996)
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This series chronicles the saga of the American West, tracing the lives of a diverse cast of characters, from explorers, soldiers and Indian warriors to settlers, railroad builders and ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
N. Scott Momaday ... Himself - Writer
T.H. Watkins T.H. Watkins ... Himself - Writer / Historian
J.S. Holliday J.S. Holliday ... Himself - Historian
Richard White Richard White ... Himself - Historian
Michael Dorris Michael Dorris ... Himself - Writer
Jo Allyn Archambault Jo Allyn Archambault ... Herself - Anthropologist
Alfonso Oritz Alfonso Oritz ... Himself - Anthropologist
Rudolfo Anaya Rudolfo Anaya ... Himself - Writer
Mary Armstrong Mary Armstrong ... Herself - Southern Cheyenne
Adrian Bustamante Adrian Bustamante ... Himself - Historian
Dayton Duncan Dayton Duncan ... Himself - Writer
Allen Pinkham Allen Pinkham ... Himself - Nez Perce
Philip Bosco ... Himself (voice)
Tantoo Cardinal ... Herself (voice)


This series chronicles the saga of the American West, tracing the lives of a diverse cast of characters, from explorers, soldiers and Indian warriors to settlers, railroad builders and gaudy showmen, who share their stories in their own words, through diaries, letters and autobiographical accounts. Written by Anonymous

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15 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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Himself - Narrator: The West stretches from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean, from the north plains to the Rio Grande- more than two million square miles of the most extraordinary landscape on Earth. Its terrain has always beckoned, and repelled. It is a land of almost impenetrable mountain barriers: the Rockies and Wasatch, the Bitterroots and Bighorns, the Sierra Nevada and Sangre de Cristo, the Confusions, the Crazies and the Black Hills. It is a land of rivers: the Colorado and Colombia and Missouri, the ...
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Great Series
16 May 2016 | by HilliusSee all my reviews

If you watch this series for one reason do so if only for the excellent music. The songs are from the periods covered and are beautifully rendered by some very talented artists.

I've never written a review prior to this, most of my reviews I leave in the comments sections, but seeing as this show had none I felt compelled.

The first episode begins with some of the early Spanish exploration and explains how different parts of the early United States was owned by the Spanish, the French, the British & New Spain (Mexico). This first episode seems to roughly cover the end of the 16th century through the beginning of the 19th century.

The history of the southwest is explored and history & legends from different Native American tribes are also included. The episode explains how Europeans tried to espouse their beliefs unto Native Americans and how they reacted in turn. Also shown are very well done depictions of Native American life and culture prior to and during the European arrival. This show also helps to explain how Native American tribes came to acquire horses which helped shrink their worlds and expand their influence. There are stunning shots of beautiful natural scenery and various voice talents add to flesh out the different characters portrayed. Mountain men seeking fortunes in the fur trade are explored as well, and the early history of Texas and the battle of the Alamo are also shown later.

There are small interviews with various authors of historical works that add to the authenticity of the show. What this show does the best is it really does immerse the viewer into the subject matter and make one feel so close to the history of the old west so much so that you can almost taste it.

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