ARGENTINA: ANCIENT PATAGONIA PEOPLE
Journey through the diverse landscape to explore the Patagonian people from ancient to modern times
Host David Yetman and Argentine archeologist Maria Jose Figuerero journey through the gorgeously diverse Patagonia landscape for a look at the Patagonian people from ancient to modern times. The travelers stop at the Cuerva de los Manos ("Cave of the Hands"), which features a lasting glimpse into the lives of early residents. The famous stenciled handprints were created by blowing through a straw-like instrument filled with paint, while the images of lizards, people and the hunting of huanacos (a relative of the llama) were painted by hand. The episode includes a visit to "Cierro de los Indios," a site currently being excavated and offering evidence that people inhabited Patagonia possibly as long as 12,000 years ago. The trip also includes a visit to the some of the little ranches, "estancias," that spot the sparse landscape, and a visit with some modern day sheep herding gauchos.