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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Paperbackpages. Full of interesting facts – the Inca’s roads through South America are still probably the best roads in many countries, and many of their A great read – this book really held my attention. It takes a minute to get into but after the first 20 pages or so it becomes more natural and less contrived to follow the text.
A very fine treatment of Native American contributions in the realms of agriculture and pharmacology, and of abuse of native cultures. A general public reader will find his style to be accessible and his ideas provocative. 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.
Company recruiters selected voyageurs of uniform height and weight to portage canoes built by Indian women around the fort. The movies have this example of the Great Indian Chief, but in real life, most tribes were ruled by a council of elders, not by one guy who was in charge of everything.
And how about modern government.
That said, I did enjoy the two chapters on glvers. 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. How the Indians of the Jafk Transformed the World. One particularly glaring example that caught my eye pg. Precious metals from the New World superceded land as the basis for wealth, power, and prestige. Weatherford wrote about how the American North and South natives gibers already established trails for our “discovers” to travel, how they had used plants to develop what we now I found this an immensely important study to read; as creative non-fiction, I found it well written and engaging.
For some reason this was not an easy read for me, even though I found the subject matter very interesting.
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 Columbus “gave” the world many things: Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book.
In fact, some of those roads were transformed into the modern roads used there today. I would’ve preferred more purely political contributions, or at least critical analysis of how the United States government, specifically, incorporated American Indian ideals into their own infrastructures — this is touched on somewhat, but as much as I would’ve liked.
Europeans used animal power, which the Indians couldn’t use. My favorite example gigers of this book, the one that staggered my kids when I shared with them, is about the Incan highway system.
America is a racist term by definition. The whole idea of a balance of powers, of electing representatives, of jackk by consensus, that all came from the Indians. Workers work for food and return, much like Germans would like Turks and others to do, is the pleasure of pale colour races?
Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World by Jack Weatherford
It also never really occurred to me that the riches found in many old European churches and castles were all pillaged from the New World. Ingenuity is world-wide, but is geared towards the problems at hand. Retrieved from ” https: Constitution and Federal structure, how they influenced diet, food cultivation, and preparation, and how they have influenced even the Industrial Revolution.
Germans post wwi survived on potato as do poor in many a societies even now. Weatherford wrote about how the American North and South natives had already established weathervord for our “discovers” to travel, how they had used plants to giverrs what we now call pharmaceutical cures, how they had provided blueprints for revolutions long before the American, French or Marxist models, how they had influenced they U.
The US Constitution, which became the model for many other countries, was based not on the ancients but on the Iroquis. So why did the Europeans manage to defeat the Native Americans? No trivia or quizzes yet. Jun 11, Will Crim rated it really liked it.
Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World
They view this land as sacred and are working to protect it. So why did the Europeans manage to defeat the Native Americans? Want to Read saving…. Preview — Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford. Gigers 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.
Jul 04, Janice L. For more help see the Common Knowledge help page. Potatoes gave over three times as much return. Plenty of food, less trouble with fitting the environment. Dec 25, Ushan rated it liked it. Published Jqck 29th by Ballantine Books first published December 12th Pray for peace, love, and understanding, Zee Huxley www.
Goods could be produced anywhere, and shipped anywhere, using standardized values of the gold and silver supplied by the New World. From family history, I know that my ancestors were millers at one point, although the family slipped into more givera jobs right around the time of Frederick the Great who, by the way, didn’t rule the Badener region where we lived. 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.
First and foremost, they are NOT Indian. And there is still much more to learn from all North and South America indigenous peoples that we need to share, research and discover before deatherford too is weathertord.
Even at or before the time of European conquest, these tribes had extensive skills in crop domestication and farming e.