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

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Random House Publishing Group, May 5, 2010 - History - 288 pages
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An utterly compelling story of how the cultural, social, and political practices of Native Americans transformed the way life is lived throughout the world, with a new introduction by the author

“As entertaining as it is thoughtful . . . Few contemporary writers have Weatherford’s talent for making the deep sweep of history seem vital and immediate.”—The Washington Post

After 500 years, the world’s huge debt to the wisdom of the Native Americans has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Native Americans 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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I am writing this review more than a decade since my initial reading of this book. I am still fascinated by the resourcefulness of the indigenous peoples, the Indians, of both North and South Americas ... Read full review

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An anthropologist's world tourTimbuktu, Machu Picchu, Europe, and the Orientrevealing a seldom-told history. Behind scenes of everyday life, the author explains how the wealth and knowledge of Native ... Read full review

Contents

Corporations
21
The American Indian Path
39
The Food Revolution
59
Indian Agricultural Technology
79
The Culinary Revolution
99
Liberty Anarchism and the Noble
117
The Founding Indian Fathers
133
Red Sticks and Revolution
151
The Indian Healer
175
The Drug Connection
197
Architecture and Urban Planning
217
The Pathfinders
235
When Will America
249
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Jack Weatherford is The New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, and The History of Money, among other acclaimed books. A specialist in tribal peoples, he was for many years a professor of anthropology at Macalaster College in Minnesota and divides his time between the United States and Mongolia.

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