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Illustrated title cards throughout, decorated with blankets, statues, and ceramics representative of each particular culture. Main title card: “Cities of Ancient America. H.M. Bailey” — “Quiriguá, Guatemala, City of the First Mayan Empire, 300 B.C. – 600 A.D.” — Ruins, stone pillars, carvings — Young boy (Bruce Morle Bailey) pointing — “Chichen-Itza, Yucatan, City of the Second Mayan Empire, 600 A.D. – 1400 A.D.” — Pyramids, ruins — “Uxmal, Sister City to Chichen-Itza” — Two figures climbing down the steep side of a pyramid — “Teotinuacan – 900 A.D. – 1200 A.D. Toltec culture later absorbed by Aztecs” — Shot of Helen Miller Bailey walking down the side of a pyramid — “Mitlá, Oaxaca: City of the Zapotecs, contemporaries of the Toltecs” — “Modern Zapotecs, students in Oaxaca, re-enact the harvest fiesta dances of their ancestors” – Local boys and girls in traditional costumes marching and dancing, performing ritual at a shrine or monument; men in large feathered headdresses — “Southwestern U.S. contains pre-Spanish ruined cities – Pueblo Bonito, New Mexico” — Ruins — “And the Taos, New Mexican Indians still live in a pre-Spanish city” — Adobe houses; children. Ends with hand-drawn map showing the locations of all the towns in this reel.