BOSTON (February 14, 2007)–WGBH Boston Video will debut two documentaries from the American Experience collection on April 24, 2007. Geronimo and the Apache Resistance and Lost in the Grand Canyon will be available for the first time on DVD.

Geronimo and the Apache Resistance

It was said that Geronimo, the legendary Apache, had magical powers–that he could see into the future, walk without creating footprints, and even hold off the dawn to protect his own forces.

In 1886, the United States government mobilized 5,000 men–nearly one quarter of the entire U.S. Army–to capture Geronimo and his band of 39 followers. For decades, these Apaches had resisted the advance of pioneers and other threats to their traditional way of life, fighting attempts by the federal government to confine them to reservations.

This American Experience film is a search to separate myth from reality; a search for an understanding of the people who once ruled much of the American Southwest and of those with whom they came into conflict. It is the story of a tragic collision of two civilizations, each with dramatically different views of the world and startlingly different views of each other. And it is the story of Geronimo, the Apache leader who fought the longest, becoming one of the most famous, feared, and misunderstood Indian warriors in our history.

Lost in the Grand Canyon

In the springs of 1869, a thirty-five-year-old, one-armed Civil War veteran and self-taught scientist led an expedition down the Colorado River into the last uncharted territory in the United States. Ninety-nine days later, John Wesley Powell emerged from the Grand Canyon after one of the most daring journeys in American history. Transformed by his experience, Powell would forever change Americans attitude toward the West.

A year after Powell´s death in 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Grand Canyon and declared it to be a "natural wonder absolutely unparalleled in the world&one of the great sights every American should see." The Grand Canyon would come to be embraced like no other natural place in America, a national shrine for those following in the footsteps of John Wesley Powell.

This American Experience film is an account of the dramatic quest to explore on of the most unforgiving, and breathtakingly beautiful, places on earth.

To order any DVD release from WGBH Boston Video, including Geronimo and the Apache Resistance and Lost in the Grand Canyon call (800) 949-8670 or visit www.shop.wgbh.org.

Since its launch, WGBH Boston Video has released many critically acclaimed public television programs on DVD and video, including the Emmy Award-winning The Miracle of Life and The Elegant Universe (NOVA), The French Chef with Julia Child, David Copperfield (Masterpiece Theatre), The Joy of Stress, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, Sister Wendys American Collection, Evolution, and Africans in America. Recent releases include The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (Mystery!), Degrassi Junior High, Origins (NOVA), They Made America, and Building Big with David Macaulay.

PRODUCT NAME: Geronimo and the Apache Resistance
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 1 hour
FORMAT: DVD
SRP: $19.95
PREBOOK: 3/27/04
STREET: 4/24/07

PRODUCT NAME: Lost in the Grand Canyon
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 1 hour
FORMAT: DVD
SRP: $19.95
PREBOOK: 3/27/04
STREET: 4/24/07

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