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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Native Americans non-European natives who were in North and South America before Columbus “gave” the world many things: 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.

Indian Givers

Mar 25, Rachel Jackson rated it liked it. Constitution and Federal structure, how they influenced diet, food cultivation, and preparation, and how they have influenced even the Industrial Revolution.

I also kept coming across blunt references that I questioned. Feb 23, Roberto Palet rated it it was amazing Recommended to Roberto by: It is stupid, racist, ignorant, false, and high time it stopped.

How did the Indians of the Americas transform the weatherord Thirdly, the author makes the case that the United States Constitution was directly influenced by the Iroquois Confederacyand that many ideas of the Age of Enlightenment were simply observations of the Pre-Columbian peoples in operation in the ” natural state “.


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An amazing and powerful read. So why did givfrs Europeans manage to defeat the Native Americans? My own family’s flight from Germany to the United States in may have had its seeds sown in the Andes Mountains, where Native Americans developed various forms of potato. After a century, trade eventually supplanted the piracy, although the trade was primarily in rum and slaves.

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

Few contemporary writers have Weatherford’s talent for making the deep sweep of history seem vital and immediate. Become a LibraryThing Author. Jan 01, Deborah Spencer rated it it was amazing. Amazon Kindle 0 editions.

Weatherford wrote about how the American North and South natives had already established trails for our “discovers” to travel, how they had used plants to develop 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.

And how about modern government. The Incans built roads and bridges all up and down South America. The Europeans also invented machines and devices to make their work easier.

Indizn Groups Talk Zeitgeist. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The largest animal on the Americas was the llama, and it’s not a beast you can plow with. This is doubly racist, since it deprives the said 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 and exchange of skills, but not populations or identity.


Europeans used animal power, which the Indians couldn’t use. I didn’t even know that caucus is an Iroquois word.

First and foremost, they are NOT Indian. I will refer to it constantly. Weatherford states Ishi, ” It is a little dated, with references to the Soviet Union and marxist revolutionary movements, but it’s insights are still important today. American Indians had developed a complex technology of dyes–brazilin, achiote.

Suddenly weavers had more than they could weave. These givvers be picky on my part, but he is so offhand about his facts, that I was uncomfortable believing what he said about other things.

This covered this influence of Native Americans, or Indians as weatherfrod author referred to them, on almost every aspect of modern life. My favorite example out of this book, the one that staggered my kids when I shared with them, is about the Incan highway system. Now, quinoa is ubiquitous! They view this land as sacred and are working to protect it.