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Dan DuncanDirector/Producer Daniel Duncan, M.A. has won many major awards including twenty-four Rocky Mountain Emmy awards in directing, cinematography, editing, documentary, and feature categories. He has also been honored with four Arizona Press Club awards, an Associated Press International award, a Best of the West award, a gold Addy and in May of 2010 was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National
Academy of Television and Arts.

For 19 years he was the Director/Producer of The Desert Speaks, a PBS documentary series. He is currently the Producer/Director of the PBS distributed series: "In The Americas with Dave Yetman". He is also an instructor/coordinator of HD video workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico and northeastern Brazil.

Other nationally distributed productions he produced include:
- The Greening of Eritrea-Salt Water Solutions Changing the World(Half-hour special)
- When the Dust Settles-Profile of a Hall of Fame Female Rodeo Photographer
- Arabian Horse: The Ancient Breed
- Four Seasons: Horticulture Therapy for the Mentally Disabled
- San Xavier Mission: A Christmas Story
- Geronimo: The Final Campaign
- Are We Killing America’s Forests
- A Grand Canyon Flood: Putting the Wild back into the Colorado River

Client List includes:
BBC, CBS, ABC,  PBS, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Real TV, Italian Television Network, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, Natural History Museum of New York, Ford Motor Company, Woody Frasier Productions, MacNeil Lehrer News Hour, Entertainment Tonight, News Travel Network,  PBS's American Experiences, Firestone, Farmer’s Almanac TV, Home and Garden Cable Network, John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, Canyon Ranch, Hughes, The US Forest Service, T.U.S.D., ESPN Sports, USA Foundation, Artisoft, JC Penny,  Naturally Women, Grapevine Inc., Dana Cooper Productions, Video Workshop, Micromed, Video Post Production, Resort Video, Carondolet Health Services, Roadside Productions, Anderson Advertising, Green Valley
Pecans, Arizona Historical Society, Al-Marah Arabians, and The Nature Conservancy.


David YetmanDavid Yetman is research social scientist and has been at the Southwest Center since 1992. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1972. Yetman’s research has been primarily directed towards the state of Sonora, its indigenous people, their history, and how they have incorporated native resources into their lives. His books include Sonora. An intimate geography (1996); Scattered Round Stones. A Mayo village in Sonora, Mexico (1998); Guarijíos of the Sierra Madre. Hidden people of northwest Mexico (2002); and The Ópatas. In search of a Sonoran people (2010). He has also written extensively on native uses of plants in Sonora. His Mayo Ethnobotany. Land, history, and traditional knowledge in northwest Mexico (2002, co-authored by Thomas R. Van Devender) combines ethnohistory and ethnobotany. His 2007 volume The great cacti. Ethnobotany and biogeography of columnar cacti documents columnar cacti throughout the Americas, while a smaller work The Organ Pipe Cactus (2006) describes the natural history of the remarkable plant for which a U.S. Park Service National Monument is named. In addition, Yetman is author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is a frequent present of lectures on deserts, their people and their natural history.

In addition to his writing, Yetman served for nine years as host for the PBS documentary television series The Desert Speaks and will host the upcoming PBS series In the Americas with David Yetman. Yetman received an Emmy Award in 2007 for his documentary television work.


Cherylee is an award-winning and proven documentary filmmaker who works on a multitude of projects including: feature films, commercials, sports, and industrial and corporate media productions. Many of her productions have been previewed at a variety of different film festivals. Her central passion is however making cultural documentaries.

Cherylee is bilingual with Navajo being her second language. She has spent the last couple of years in her career recording oral histories with the elders of many diverse Indigenous tribes throughout the Colorado Plateau. Fortunately for the PBS series In the Americas with David Yetman, Cherylee has returned to her academic roots and collaborates with the series' producers. In addition to being an associate producer of the series, Cherylee is also the colorist, editor, graphics producer and audio mixer. She possesses a multitude of diverse post-production talents.


Yuri MeYuri is a graduate from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in  Fine Arts program with emphasis in Producing For Film. A graduate from Pima Community College with three degrees in the same field. (Liberal Arts, Associates of Art and Digital Film & Video Arts). While getting his education both at Pima and the U of A Machado has worked at a Public Broadcast Service affiliate where he has experienced how to do a number of tasks such as shooting, editing and producing for television. Yuri has also done numerous internships as Assistant of Production and Editing Assistant at Gecko and BigfootHD. In 2011, aside from being involved in several short and feature film projects, Machado also wrote and directed a short film called S.O.L., which is now touring the film festival circuit. When it screened in Tucson, it sold out.





The Southwest Center

The Southwest Center seeks to define, illuminate, and present, through research, teaching, and publishing, the character of the Greater Southwest: the heartland of Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora, and Chihuahua, and its peripheries.


American Public Television

American Public Television is credited as the national distributor of this program.


Arizona Public Media’s PBS 6 is the presenting station for the series.