With support from the World Wide Fund for Nature, Adrian Cowell has created a series of six programs for use in classrooms, based on his epic saga of the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest during the 1980's. The series gives students a well-rounded view of the many complex factors that led to what may be this century's worst environmental disaster.
The titles in the series are:
The Rainforest - The mechanics of a rainforest.
The Colonists - Colonists invading the rainforest.
The Development Road - The road to rainforest destruction.
The Indians - The displaced Indian tribes of the Amazon rainforest.
The Rubber Tappers - Rubber tappers live sustainable lifestyle.
The Politicians - Politicians plunder the Amazon rainforest.
Grade Level: 6-12
US Release Date: 1991
Copyright Date: 1991
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-455-9
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-349-7
"A sobering true story of human rapacity, The Decade of Destruction: The Indians is highly recommended for classroom viewing, along with the rest of The Decade of Destruction series: The Rainforest, The Colonists, The Development Road, The Rubber Tappers, and The Politicians."
The Midwest Book Review
"The tragedy is examined globally...in an unambiguous and intelligent manner."
Children's Video Review Newsletter
"Despite differences in language and climate, Cowell has given us a family album. Here is our own North American history, the taming of the West, the destruction of native peoples, the heroism and hardship of settlers and the gambling of a whole wild land on the chance of supporting a population that the cities could not absorb."
The Boston Globe