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Indian givers : how the Indians of the Americas transformed the world / Jack Weatherford

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Author:
Weatherford, J. McIver  Search this
Physical description:
x, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Date:
1988
©1988
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- 1. Silver and money capitalism -- 2. Piracy, slavery, and the birth of corporations -- 3. The American Indian path to industrialization -- 4. The food revolution -- 5. Indian agricultural technology -- 6. The culinary revolution -- 7. Liberty, anarchism, and the noble savage -- 8. The founding Indian fathers -- 9. Red sticks and revolution -- 10. The Indian healer -- 11. The drug connection -- 12. Architecture and urban planning -- 13. The pathfinders -- 14. When will America be discovered? -- References -- Index
Summary:
"After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored. In 'Indian Givers, ' anthropologist Jack Weatherford tells the utterly compelling story of how the cultural, social, and political practices of the Indians have transformed the way life is lived throughout the world. In vividly dramatic chapters, Weatherford traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, and ecology. The Indians set a sophisticated urban tading economy in motion when they unearthed undreamed-of quantities of gold and silver. And foods discovered by the Indians, such as potatoes, chocolate, and chilies, revolutionized the cuisines of Europe and Asia-- in fact, some 60 percent of the foods eaten in the world today were first harvested by the Indians of the Americas."
Topic:
Civilization--Indian influences  Search this
Civilization, Modern--History  Search this
Colonization  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1070910