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The rise and fall of the Lakota Empire - Pekka Hämäläinen


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In 1776, a powerful empire was born in North America. The Lakotas had reached the Black Hills, the most sacred place and most coveted buffalo hunting grounds in the western plains. Located in what is now South Dakota, control of the Black Hills, or Paha Sapa, marked the tribe as the dominant power in the American West. Pekka Hämäläinen explores the rise and fall of the Lakota Empire.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Pekka Hämäläinen
  • Director Mohammad Babakoohi, Yijia Cao
  • Narrator Safia Elhillo
  • Storyboard Artist Mohammad Babakoohi
  • Animator Mohammad Babakoohi, Elahe Baloochi
  • Compositor Poorya Goodarzi
  • Art Director Mohammad Babakoohi, Yijia Cao
  • Sound Designer Mohammad Babakoohi
  • Composer Aron Fard
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Production Coordinator Abdallah Ewis
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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