Aired: November 7, 2009

The “Discovery” of North America

pamlicovillageWhen the British planted a cross and their flag on territory previously unclaimed by European nations, they were, Chief Justice John Marshall would later say, exercising a right of discovery that extended back to the 15th-century colonization by Spain and Portugal of non-Christian lands.  Historian Robert J. Miller and Karenne Wood (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) explain how this “discovery doctrine” has affected American Indian nations from 1607 to today.  Also: Encyclopedia Virginia is an authoritative and dynamic online resource that explores the people, places, and history of the Commonwealth. John Kneebone (Virginia Commonwealth University) and  Matthew Gibson  (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) discuss the how Encyclopedia Virginia provides a platform for discovering and learning about Virginia.


3 Comments on “The “Discovery” of North America”

  1. Kristin

    I was wondering what what the music you played at the end of the piece with the women singing in a natave language?

  2. Elliot

    The music used was “Mahk Jchi (Heartbeat Drum Song)” which was taken from the album “Music for the Native Americans by Robbie Robertson & the Red Road Ensemble”.
    Robbie Robertson used to be the lead guitarist and principle songwriter for the group “The Band”. He hails from Toronto and is half Mohawk Indian and half Jewish which surely makes for an interesting combination that might explain his long history of creative output.

    All the best,

    Elliot Majerczyk
    Associate Producer
    “With Good Reason”

  3. Frank

    The women singing at the beginning were a group named Ulali, and the song Mahk Jchi from their CD of the same name. It is an amazing CD. They also provided some of the most intense music from the movie “Smoke Signals.”

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