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Season 8 Episode #804

Luther Cressman Quest for First People An Oregon Experience

Broadcasts: May 12, 9:00 p.m. [OPB TV], May 14, 2:00 a.m. [OPB TV], May 14, 11:00 p.m. [OPB TV], May 16, 4:00 a.m. [OPB TV], June 22, 8:00 p.m. [OPB PLUS], June 28, 5:00 a.m. [OPB PLUS], November 24, 9:00 p.m. [OPB TV], November 26, 2:00 a.m. [OPB TV], June 24, 11:00 p.m. [OPB TV], June 26, 4:00 a.m. [OPB TV], September 16, 11:00 p.m. [OPB TV], September 18, 4:00 a.m. [OPB TV]


In the 1930s, archeologist Luther Cressman made a series of discoveries that shocked the scientific world. Cressman's discovery changed archaeology and continues to have profound effects on science today. This documentary follows Cressman's lifelong search for America's first people. Luther Cressman, Quest for First People has been awarded a 2015 Northwest Regional Emmy Award.

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