America's Lost Landscape

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Released 2005

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America's Lost Landscape

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2005
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America's Lost Landscape examines one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history. Between 1830 and 1900, one of the major landscape features in North America was destroyed when 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie was transformed into farmland. While the change was extremely beneficial to Euro-American settlers, it was harmful to Native Americans. They experienced a drastic social change and their cultural imprint was reduced to a handful of place-names appearing on maps. The film explores the human struggle, triumph and defeat within this piece of American history. Extraordinary cinematography is coupled with interviews including Dayton Duncan, Wes Jackson of The Land Institute, biologist Laura Jackson, linguist Jerome Kills Small, historian Anton Treuer, landscape historian Lance Foster, writer Richard Manning and two of Aldo Leopold's daughters - Nina Leopold Bailey and Carol Leopold. The documentary also discusses prairie preservation efforts by presenting it as a model for future sustainable farming practices.
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