PBS documentary series Native America could easily run for many, many episodes, but at the moment it’s condensed into four hour-long episodes. Produced locally by a company called Providence Pictures, the series doesn’t really focus much on this part of the country. Episode 1 investigates New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, where Native people in pre-Columbian times drank chocolate transported from thousands of miles away. The series premieres on TV October 23, but there’s a sneak peek of one episode at URI, followed by a conversation led by executive producer Gary Glassman and Loren Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum. (I’m always on guard when people emphasize the word “ancient” when describing Native cultures, as if there are not today indigenous people living and breathing and thinking among us. That might just be the marketing department, though.) This event is free, but reservations are required. There’s a reception at 5pm, the episode screens at 6, and then a Q&A at 7.