Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World Jack Weatherford explains how the peoples of the Americas have been forgotten for. Indian Givers turned out to be an educational and at the same time very sobering read. Because while Jack Weatherford makes a very strong point as to why the. “As entertaining as it is contemporary writers have Weatherford’s talent for making the deep sweep of history seem vital and immediate.”.

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It may have originated in Europe or been imported from Asia where the Chinese considered the Europeans as barbarians”, or from Africa. Secondly, he talks about food, in terms of the way the diet of Europeans changed with cornbeans, potatoestomatoesand peppers; in terms of how the food is grown, produced, and preserved; and in terms of the culinary arts. The story of Native Americans as told by Weatherford is both enlightening and sad, and as the book concludes: Jack Weatherford explains how the peoples of the Americas have been forgotten for their contributions to the modern world.

The mechanization of ginning, spinning, and weaving the cotton launched the industrial revolution. I was particularly taken with Weatherford’s insights into the influence of the Iroquois Nation on the U. The Incans giverz roads and bridges all up and down South America.

It reminded me that the history of America did not start on Plymouth Rock or Jamestown or anywhere like that. Weatherford shares in this book, yet it merely focuses giveers the good. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology, and in this astonishing, ground-breaking book takes a giant step toward recovering a true American history.


I did reach a point where I wondered jackk there was any bias since the author is the descendant of an Ineian Indian. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 4 26, 3. America, under one name or another, has been here for thousands of years.

Bythe Dutch had assumed effective control over the House of Trade in what has been called a “silent takeover”.

The spectacular setting and the exquisitely wrought stone buildings evoke much speculation and “romantic rubbish about the purpose of weatherfrd city”. We need to lose the story that Natives were poor primitives that were unfortunately overrun, and understand that they had advanced, thriving cultures that were deliberately almost destroyed – cultures that still have a lot to contribute.

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From family history, I know that my ancestors were millers at one point, although the family slipped into more working-class jobs right around the time of Frederick the Great jadk, by the way, didn’t rule the Badener region where we lived.

Trouble was, none of these areas of expertise helped them stand up to an enemy that had them outmanned and outgunned.

Weatherford argues that ultimately, Westerners still don’t know indigenous Americans. Jan 17, Mark Valentine rated it it was amazing. Trivia About Indian Givers: My commentary below weathefford from the book.


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You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. I researched the story a short paragraph of two sentences – almost a throw away section of Ishi, the last of the Yahi tribe. The patches, at all elevations and angles of the the sun, are visible today as a kind of agricultural testing station. To ask other readers questions about Indian Giversplease sign up.

The frontier states dropped property and religous requirements for voters. Sep 23, Tamara rated it it was ok Shelves: Just corn and potatoes by themselves had revolutionized agriculture forever. I didn’t even know that caucus is an Iroquois word. Views Read Edit View history. In addition to what others failed to recognise, they also had potato and tomato and chillies and chocolate, and where in the inddian can people do without every one of these indeed!

However, this old adage has nothing to do with the title of this book. The author cited a comparison of Indiab agriculture based on before potatoes and after. The knowledge of food that will grow under adverse conditions – maybe even in space? Minnesota Book Award for Non-Fiction Tivers trivia or quizzes yet.

Which brings one to another racist imposition of a name, that of the continent.