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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Weatherford has so many examples that are interesting for teacher and student alike. A few cities such as Athens occasionally attempted a system vaguely akin to democracy for a few years. They domesticated potatoes and maize that became staple foods of large areas of Eurasia and Africa; they discovered the healing power of the cinchona bark against malaria and of berries against scurvy; their labor mined the silver that financed the commercial revolution jcak early modern Europe; their political organization influenced European philosophers from Montaigne to Marx and Engels.

I did enjoy reading about how the discovery of America changed the world economy. My favorite sentence in the book: 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.

Mind-altering and addictive drugs were heavily regulated by the various societies, being used only for religious purposes. Since the Spanish lords were to noble to engage in manufactguring or commerce, the money of Potosi quickly passed into French, Dutch and British companies set up to supply Spain with cloth, cannons, leather, and iron goods needed for colonization and enslavement of the Indian and African workers.


That said, I did enjoy the two chapters on farming. 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. For thousands of years people have camped in this area, and developed agricultural life.

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The League of the Iroquois provided a living, well-functioning example of a true democracy in action that our founders were able to study through personal interaction and immersion over several decades leading up to our independence. This page was last edited on 29 Mayat Hopefully this jak will go further in getting out the message of just how vital a role Native Americans played in transforming the world. Weatherford, my views have somewhat tempered toward the subject matter.

Amazon Kindle 0 editions. 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. And the structure of the U. 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.

The ability to calculate even more complicated mathematics, like the Aztecs had? Plenty of food, less trouble with weathrrford the environment.

So why did the Europeans manage to defeat the Native Americans? We all need to appreciate this sacredness before its too late. Begins with a beautiful morning ascent of a miner up the hollowed out slope of Cerro Rico from Potosi.

By indiaj supply of precious metals had increased approximately eightfold.

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If you stroll along the Kahl River at the northern border of Bavaria with Hesse, you pass through a bucolic setting reminiscent of the era of the brothers Grimm. I felt he had an offhand and unbalanced approach to the information.


And how about modern government. This book is clearly aimed at a non-specialist audience. Jack Weatherford is a cultural anthropologist and former Professor of Anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. Some of it drags, but some chapters read well. Tribes of Native Americans from around the country gathering together, protesting an oil pipeline that will run through the heart of the U.

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?

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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.

Jun 28, Carol rated it it was amazing. Europeans used animal power, which the Indians couldn’t use. 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.

For the givers who received only victimisation in return? Paperbackpages. Weatherford states Ishi, ” Few contemporary javk have Weatherford’s talent for making the deep sweep of history seem vital and immediate. So why did the Europeans manage to defeat the Native Americans?