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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Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World by Jack Weatherford

Few contemporary writers have Weatherford’s talent for making the deep sweep of history seem vital and immediate. He traces the crucial contribut ” As entertaining as it is thoughtful 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.

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To ask other readers questions about Indian Giversplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 03, Christy rated it it was amazing. We used this in teacher training on how to teach accurately about Native Americans in social studies classrooms. Weatherford has so many examples that are interesting for teacher and student alike. So often, teachers don’t think to prepare young students before Native Americans come as guests, and kids ask questions like “where’s your feathers?

Aug 19, Runningfox rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I learned from this book about the many contributions American Indians have given not onlty the USA but the entuire world.

Jul 04, Janice L. Overall, “Indian Givers” was a good book and seemingly well researched.

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Some of it drags, but weatherfird chapters read well. He waetherford 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. Weatherford extols the design and construction of the Inca roads, but fails to recognize that gvers Romans created an equally intricate paved road syste Overall, “Indian Givers” was a good book and seemingly well researched.

Weatherford extols the design and construction of the Inca roads, but fails to jackk that the Romans created an equally intricate paved aeatherford system much earlier. Ingenuity is world-wide, but is geared towards the problems at hand. The primary criticism I have of this book is when he makes broad, over-reaching statements such as on page 58 when he says, ” It may have originated in Europe or been imported from Asia where the Chinese considered the Europeans as barbarians”, or from Africa.

It may have evolved differently or on a different time scale, but I believe it would have happened. All in all, I recommend “Indian Givers” as a good book to read, consider, and draw your own conclusion. May 30, David R. A very fine treatment of Native American contributions in the realms of agriculture and pharmacology, and of abuse of native cultures. The other material is rather uneven, and in the case of politics and economy is a reach: The footnotes are sparing and the bibliography is awfully thin, suggesting that Weatherford may be a little more imaginative than scholarship would demand.


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The title of the book has two inaccuracies amounting to lies, to begin with. First and foremost, they are NOT Indian. The European migrants knew this, Columbus knew this, and for sake of keeping a falsehood so Jac would not risk his reputation or lose his head the sailors working with him who all knew this were sworn to say the opposite.

Everyone knew Columbus had not reached India, and everyone nevertheless insists on calling the natives of western continent “Indian”, perpetrating a lie, n The title of the book weafherford two inaccuracies amounting to lies, to begin with. 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. This is doubly racist, since it deprives the westherford natives of their own identity to begin with, and also no one has asked India if there is any connection whatsoever between the people that lived in a land across the world and India yes, of ancient trade weatherflrd exchange of skills, but not populations givrrs identity.

The falsehood dumps all non European non African non Oriental non Islamic people into one basket, a huge racism of an assumed hierarchy and separating the high and the low and the others nowhere.

It is stupid, racist, ignorant, false, and high time it stopped. High time the natives of the western continent were able to assume their own identity. Unless they wished to claim Indian ancestry and to return to India, that is. Unlikely, since if anything they are connected to Siberia and Mongolia and Pacific islands, which makes far more sense. Which brings one to another racist gigers of a name, that of the continent.

Vespucci Amerigo was one of the sailors who supposedly discovered the continent, and to impose his name on the continent, not even asking a native what they called their land, is supreme racism.

America is a racist term by definition. 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 helped the migrants settle indjan all good neighbours do, and so jacm in fact are the founding stone of the edifice in every way!

That is only in the weatehrford, while in the southern and central parts the migrants were plundering marauders who destroyed everything precious in name of faith. Of course they were givers! They had a superior system in terms of environment as well, inxian is only recognised now that the fear of global warming and fear about a lack of future for humanity has made some – not all – people do a double take!

In addition to givrs others failed to recognise, they also had potato and tomato and chillies and chocolate, and where in the world can people do without every one of these indeed! Germans post wwi survived on potato as do poor in many a societies weatherfod now.

For that matter, the huge weatherrord mostly unnecessary – who ever died or fell sick for lack of face paint? A good amount of vocabulary in English is borrowed from Arabic, Persian and India, while Latin and Greek are younger siblings if not daughters of Sanskrt and therefore the ease of India in European languages beginning with Englishrealised and perforce admitted by Europe long before the present era of denial.


And of course Africa, with her stolen raw materials like other colonised lands and kidnapped men and women unlike other lands that made US prosper before the civil war dismantled the slavery and dislocated the now free ex-slaves once again, with equality still a faraway goal and animosity of ex-slavers growing to high pitch. Weathsrford work for food and return, much like Germans would like Turks and others to do, is the pleasure of pale colour races?

Gratitude at the very least is way past due. Yes, the world gave and Givesr received and forgot to say thank you. These belated acknowledgements are better than never, and what next? For the givers who received only victimisation in return? Oct 23, Zee Huxley rated it it was amazing.

However, this old adage has nothing to do with the title of this book. A groundbreaking book that recovers the fascinating history of the Americas and the crucial contributions that the Indians of the Americas made on a global scale. These include democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology.

Imagine if you will Italian or Greek food without its tomatoes or the Irish without their potatoes. Chilies, chocolate, corn, beans, squashes, the list goes on. Not to mention the wealth of gold and silver that was weatherfors from the Americas by the Europeans.

My commentary below apart from the book. Even though much was given. So much more was taken. Over treaties were made with the Indians of the Americas—and more than broken. Flash forward to this twenty-first century—the fall of —North Dakota. Tribes of Native Americans from around the country gathering together, protesting an oil pipeline that will run through the heart of the U. The Native Americans are the heart of this country.

They view this land as sacred and are working to protect it. We all need to appreciate this givets before its too late. Pray for peace, love, and understanding, Zee Huxley www. Apr 22, Diane rated it it was ok Shelves: I was very interested in this book and it was a big disappointment.

The topics are treated in a very weatberford way and the author tries too hard to prove his points. I felt he had an offhand and unbalanced approach lndian the information. I also kept coming across blunt references that I questioned. For example, early on indixn.

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Of course, if he means oldest in the new world or oldest commercial trading company, he may be correct. Later p he kept referring to the cure of malaria in the world. Malaria is hardly in the cured category weaherford is still one of the major causes of death. 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. That said, I did enjoy the two chapters on farming. And, I enjoyed finding out how beaver hats were made.

My favorite sentence in the book: Jan 25, Wade rated it it was amazing Shelves: Weaatherford was completely unaware that so many prominent European thinkers and writers including Inidan Marx were so profoundly influenced by the American Indian form of government and political practices, especially those of the League of the Iroquois.