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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Imagine your daily diet without any tomatoes, potatoes, chocolate, chilis, corn, beans, and much, much more. Plus, parts of the book drag, specifically, when Weatherford starts every single chapter with an anecdote about himself on his journeys to research or something for this book. I learned from this book about the many contributions American Indians have given not onlty the USA but the entuire world.
In general, this book purports native nations could do nothing wrong, and that they were victims. That dude from Marathon that delivered some message about a battle – what a wimp! This is a college level book for college level scholars. It was just that they had chosen to focus on different things. And then the population exploded, as Europeans finally had enough to eat and to trade. Mar 28, Ngaire rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Europeans used animal power, which the Indians couldn’t use.
Growing up in “Iroquoi lands” of upstate NY, I was always intrigued with the names of local towns and lakes, and obviously learned their origins were Native American. I had read elsewhere about how much of what modern people eat today came from the Americas. I was particularly taken with Weatherford’s insights into the influence of the Iroquois Nation on the U. Weatherford shares in this book, yet it merely focuses on the good.
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I am writing this review more than a decade since my initial weatheford of this book. The most recent book I read was a short one but it offered a new perspective which I just noticed seemed to be what I look for in a book. American Indians had developed a complex technology of dyes–brazilin, achiote. Either way, this is a fascinating book.
The author cited a comparison of European agriculture based on before potatoes and after. For Adam Smith, writing inthe pursuit of profit by private companies in the New World and the opening trade with Asia were the most important in human history. It reminded me that the history of America did not start on Plymouth Rock or Jamestown or anywhere like that. He took the message, either in written or verbal form, and ran it up to the next stop givrs miles away!
Not to mention the wealth of gold and silver that was taken from the Americas by the Europeans. Want to Read saving…. Weatherford argues that ultimately, Westerners still don’t indiah indigenous Americans. And then, to belatedly allow that the natives “contributed” to US and “transformed the world” – hellow, they did not massacre all newly arriving migrants, in fact they jwck the migrants settle like all good neighbours do, and so they in fact are the founding stone of the edifice in every way!
Most interested weathedford the way Indians influenced settlers with agriculture such as clearing areas to plant. Everyone knew Columbus had not reached India, and everyone nevertheless insists on calling the natives of western continent “Indian”, perpetrating a lie, not merely an inaccuracy.
So much more was taken. May 22, Karen rated it really liked it. He traces the crucial contribut ” As entertaining as it is thoughtful And the structure of the U. Francis Drake organized one of the first syndicates launching the Golden Hind for the specific purpose of plundering the silver of Potosi being shipped out of Arica, Chile.
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The mechanization of ginning, spinning, and weaving the cotton launched the industrial revolution. Plenty of food, less trouble with fitting the environment.
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, to the amount of calories produced versus the amount taken to work the field.
Dec 25, Ushan rated it liked it. High time the natives of the western javk were able to assume their own identity. Return to Book Page. Just corn and potatoes by themselves had revolutionized agriculture forever. This book is iindian aimed at a non-specialist audience.
This was very eyeopening – and totally made me want to know more about these incredible peoples. From metals to agriculture to medicine, Native Americans revolutionized the world and paved the way for the Industrial Revolution.
With References and Index. I also kept coming across blunt references that I questioned. Imagine your daily diet without any tomatoes, potatoes, chocolate, chilis, corn, beans, and much, much more. And there is still much more to learn from all North a Growing up in “Iroquoi lands” of upstate NY, I was always intrigued with the names of local towns and lakes, and obviously learned their origins were Native American.
The world was wanting felt hats, and the best pelt for felt was beaver, because the hairs clung together, did not loose their shape, and remained waterproof. I felt he had an offhand and unbalanced approach to the weatherforv. Indigenous pharmacology was the most advanced in the world, with alkaloids such as quinine well known by Native South Americans ahead of Europeans or other nations. I’d heard of some of these contributions myself, but I’d never read anything as detailed into their origins as Indian Givers was, which was very informative and impressive.
I knew that, of course. Acoma Indian Reservation History of democracy. What it adds weaherford readers of Mann’s books is a number of chapters on the cultural contributions Natives gave in terms of our society’s appreciation for freedom, democracy and political thought.
My favorite sentence in the book: It also never really occurred to me that the riches found in many old European churches and castles were all This book made some good points but got bogged down in the minutia.