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About 15,000 years ago, Native Americans moved south from Beringia and developed new tools and weapons that became the distinctive Clovis People culture. Chatters says Naia’s people were new to the area as indicated by the growth patterns showing that there were periods of malnourishment. Through the teeth and jawbone of Naia, he can see that one season every year, she did not eat enough protein, which shows they did not know how to obtain it. Distributed by PBS Distribution.