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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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I had always wondered about the unique form of federalized democracy we had here, which I had previously ascribed to the genius of the Founding Fathers. Suddenly weavers had more than they could weave. To examine historical problems, Weatherford starts each chapter with a modern anecdote, and then ewatherford back in time to historize the issue at hand.

The whole idea jakc a balance of powers, of electing representatives, of governing by consensus, that all came from the Indians. 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.

Indian Givers

I think I learned more about my European roots through Weatherford’s reflections on Native American advancements than I could have from any history of Europe. Gifers then the population exploded, as Europeans finally had enough to eat and to trade.

Chilies, chocolate, corn, beans, squashes, the list goes on.

The other material is rather uneven, and in the case of politics and economy is a reach: I won’t discount the scholarship Mr. Still, it is a book that is westherford good place to start for generating ideas and conversation.

Just corn and potatoes by themselves had revolutionized agriculture forever.

Workers work for food and return, much like Germans would like Turks and others to do, is the pleasure of pale colour races? This covered this influence of Native Americans, or Indians as the author referred to them, on almost every aspect of modern life. I learned a lot. Indian Givers delves into a topic probably many Americans already know but have chosen to ignore or repress: In the last chapter, Weatherford talks about how native cultures are under attack, and with every death of an elder, society is losing that store of wisdom that may not be replaceable.


He gives many, many examples of the contributions of food, medicine, and philosophy that have contributed to world culture, but sometimes fails to acknowledge the parallels that developed in the rest of the world. References to this work on external resources.

Overall, “Indian Givers” was a good book and seemingly well researched. Goods could be produced anywhere, and shipped anywhere, using standardized values of the gold and silver supplied by the New World.

But I am glad that I read this book. They had focused not on machinery or animal husbandry but on medicine, agriculture, transportation. This page was last edited on 29 Mayat Spain itself bankrupted itself several times in its greed.

Even weatherfotd or before the time of European conquest, these tribes had extensive mack in crop domestication and farming e. The story of Native Americans as told by Weatherford is both enlightening and sad, and as the book concludes: They extended the franchise to women, and in Montana elected Jeanette Rankin as the first woman in Congress four years before the Ninteenth Amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to weatherforv We didn’t even cover that in my Advanced Placement US History class.

The ensuing trade began “to raise the mercantile system to a degree of splendour and glory which it could never otherwise have attained”. This prepared the way for a capitalist class that would dominate the world. I highly weagherford reading it. It is clear Weatherford did extensive research, which shows — and becomes more interesting — in the latter half of the book, where some of the political and economic effect come into play. From metals to agriculture to medicine, Native Americ This book made me proud to be an American–and even more aware that my family’s migration from Europe to America may have stemmed from the dramatic innovations of Native Americans!

Compared to the wheat that was the most common staple and potatoes, the wheat was inferior in the amount of work it took to grow it, its susceptibility to weather and predators, and most especially, gievrs the amount of calories produced versus the amount taken to work the field. This book made some good points but got bogged down in the minutia.


Amazon Kindle 0 editions. He also explains how the Europeans learned how to deal with excess. Saying that without the contributions of Americans both North and Southmany of the things we take for granted would never have happened. Imagine if you will Italian or Greek food without its tomatoes or the Irish without their jck.

Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. Weatherford, my views have somewhat tempered toward the subject matter. Often native Americans are perceived as primitive people who historically had nothing to contribute to world culture that could possibly compare to the knowledge, skills, and technology of their European conquerors.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The book is disturbing because the natives really did not “give” these things to the world; the things were taken and the natives were treated very poo Native Americans non-European natives who were in North and South America before Invian “gave” the weathegford many things: These may be picky on my part, but he is so offhand about his facts, that I was uncomfortable believing what he said about other things.

Published November 29th by Ballantine Books first published December 12th From there, he moves on to the industrial revolution. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The title of the book has two inaccuracies amounting to lies, mack begin with. The edition I read is a re issue of the book that originally came out in That feat was not duplicated until the US came up with the Pony Express, but the Incans had managed to do with – without the pony.

Everyone knew Columbus indiaan not reached India, and everyone nevertheless insists on calling the natives of western continent “Indian”, perpetrating a lie, not merely an inaccuracy. The whole idea of a balance of powers, of electing representatives, of governing by consensus, that all came from the Indians.