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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Begins with a beautiful morning ascent of a miner up the hollowed out slope of Cerro Rico from Potosi. HistReader Jan 19, The material was mostly new to me, and so rich that I could almost read the book again a second time.

The edition I jadk is a re issue of the book that originally came out in The Native Americans are the heart of this country. Fun moment reading this: Views Read Edit View history. La historia la escriben los vencedores. Jan 25, Wade rated it it was amazing Shelves: Now that 25 years have passed, how much more have we lost? The overarching thesis is to examine what physical and cultural resources Europeans have appropriated – uncredited – from the indigenous peop A somewhat dated but still useful read.

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Ingenuity is world-wide, but is geared towards the problems at hand. References to this work on external resources. The largest animal on the Americas was the llama, and it’s not a beast you can plow with.


From family history, I know that my ancestors were millers at one point, although the family slipped into more working-class fivers right around the time of Frederick the Great who, by the way, didn’t rule the Badener region where we lived. 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.

Indigenous pharmacology was the most advanced in the world, with alkaloids such as quinine well known by Native South Americans ahead of Europeans or other nations. I had read elsewhere about how much of what modern people eat today came from the Americas. For the givers who received only victimisation in return?

He received an M. 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 I found this an immensely important study to read; as creative non-fiction, I found it well jndian and engaging. Jul 25, Brian Andersen rated it liked it.

It is clear Weatherford did extensive research, which shows — and becomes more interesting — in the latter half of the book, where some of the political and economic effect come into play.

Indian Givers

They developed hundreds of kinds of crops adapted to hundreds of conditions. Govers reminded me that the history of America did not start on Plymouth Rock or Jamestown or anywhere like that.

The ability to calculate even more complicated mathematics, like the Aztecs had? To examine historical problems, Weatherford starts each chapter with a modern anecdote, and then steps back in time to historize the issue at hand.


However, when Weatherford sticks to the main focus of the book, he provides a lot of very good information that deserves to be known about how native people of the Americas contributed their resources and knowledge to the world or, most often, had it taken from them.

I had read elsewhere about how much of what modern people eat today came from the Americas.

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In hindsight, this book should be viewed as incomplete. Weathdrford identifies how the term came into usage and as such, for better or worse, it has been cemented into usage. More a focus on how European explorers stole from and exploited the natives when they arrived in the Americas. We need to recognize and honor their contributions more!

The knowledge of food that will grow under adverse conditions – maybe even in space? Potatoes gave over three times as much return. Chilies, chocolate, corn, beans, squashes, the list goes on. There are so many fascinating wrinkles to history indiqn book brings out, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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

I really, really wish that I could read an updated edition of this one. 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. And weatheford about modern government.