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.”.

Author: Vuzragore Brataxe
Country: Swaziland
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Art
Published (Last): 16 April 2015
Pages: 34
PDF File Size: 15.47 Mb
ePub File Size: 16.98 Mb
ISBN: 508-9-71460-836-3
Downloads: 77806
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Grozilkree

This store has been in continuous operation sinceand is part of the oldest company in the world, the Hudson’s Bay Company. More, to dismiss this as racist because the title bears the term, Indian, is puerile, simplistic, even reckless. The ability to calculate even more complicated mathematics, like the Aztecs had? HistReader Jan 19, Ch. The primary criticism I have of this book is when he makes broad, over-reaching statements such as on page 58 when he says, ” Weaterford of food, less trouble with fitting the environment.

I was particularly taken with Weatherford’s insights into the influence of the Iroquois Nation on the U. They had figured out how to weafherford many plants to make medicines, deal with injury, and for other uses, such as making rubber. Instead, read this study to re- learn about how the history books have glossed over and white-washed pun intended the value of American Native cultures.

I really, really wish that I could read an updated edition of this one. Many modern vaccines we have come from Native American uses, which was something I’d heard before but Weatherford made it more clear.

While I don’t disagree that Marx and other revolutionaries that followed were influenced by the Iroquois confederacy, I think the author spent too much time on it and seemed to be promoting it. Feb 23, Roberto Palet rated it it was amazing Recommended to Roberto by: 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.

I am still fascinated by the resourcefulness of the indigenous peoples, the Indians, of both North and South Americas; yet, as I have had time to digest the knowledge shared with Mr. The Europeans also invented machines and devices to make their work easier.


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

Ingenuity is world-wide, but is geared towards the problems at hand. In general, this book purports native nations could do nothing wrong, and that they were victims. Suddenly weavers had more than they could weave. Full of interesting facts – the Inca’s roads through South America are still probably the weatherofrd roads in many countries, and many of their structures are still the most sturdy.

I had no idea what incredible agriculturalists Indians were, or that their styles of government had such a profound effect on the political structures of the US. Trouble was, none of these areas of expertise helped them stand up to an enemy that had them outmanned and outgunned.

Just corn and potatoes by themselves had revolutionized agriculture forever. It’s a great read nevertheless.

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! How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World. The story of Native Americans as told by Weatherford is both enlightening and sad, and as the book concludes: Europeans used animal power, which the Indians couldn’t use.

Even though much was given. Fourthly, pre-contact peoples mastered the art of medicine and human biology.

Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World

I felt he had a difficult time connecting his own travels and experiences with the research he actually used for the rest of the chapters — he could have broadened the historical context and not included first-person narrative about himself. The whole idea of a balance of powers, of electing representatives, of governing by consensus, that all came from the Indians. Weatherford extols the design weatherrford construction of the Inca roads, but fails to recognize that the Romans created an equally intricate paved road syste Overall, “Indian Givers” was a good book and seemingly well researched.

So why did the Europeans manage to defeat the Native Americans? They view this land as sacred and are indoan to protect weatherfotd. It is stupid, racist, ignorant, false, and high time it stopped.

Few contemporary writers have Weatherford’s talent for making the deep sweep of history seem vital and immediate.


Plus, parts of the book drag, specifically, when Weatherford starts every single chapter with an anecdote about himself on his aeatherford to research or something for this book. I was able to connect the information in this book with what I know of world largely European history. 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 like all good neighbours do, and so they in fact are the founding stone of the edifice in every way!

The main reason, the author felt, is not that the Indians nack less advanced.

Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford | : Books

Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 4 26, 3. But Indians had life pretty easy in some ways. Kind of made me sad though – the Indians of the Americas are so marginalised, and we’ve lost so much knowledge and culture. 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.

Flash weatherfoed to this twenty-first century—the fall of —North Dakota. 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 poorly.

For some reason this was not an easy read for me, even though I found the subject matter very interesting.

Chilies, chocolate, corn, beans, squashes, the list goes on. I also kept coming across blunt references that I questioned. 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. Gicers 05, Dr. Jack Weatherford is a cultural anthropologist and former Professor of Anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota.

The frontier states dropped property and religous requirements for voters. That dude from Marathon that delivered some message about a battle – what a wimp! I learned a lot.