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Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World | [Jack Weatherford]

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

After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. 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.
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After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. 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.

Listen to An Interview with Author Jack Weatherford.

©1989 Jack Weatherford (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"By showing how the world was changed through these contributions, the author gives a greater appreciation of the Indians of America to readers. A fine synthesis book for global studies programs as well as American history." (School Library Journal)

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    Lou Breckenridge, CO, United States 09-26-11
    Lou Breckenridge, CO, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    This is a very interesting book. It covers a wide range of topics on how early inhabitants from South and North America were instrumental in unlocking the treasures of the New World long before Europeans discovered and then exploited these peoples, reaping untold richest/benefits while virtually exterminating the benefactors without giving them even the slightest credit. One small example is the author makes a compelling case that the US democracy was in a significant way modeled after the native american values of personal freedom and tribal methods of governance...fascinating stuff!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Midwest City, OK, United States 03-15-11
    Linda Midwest City, OK, United States 03-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "If you desire to connect the dots from then to now"

    then you should read this book. So much of what we are experiencing today has its roots in the experience, wisdom and ultimately the genocide of Native Americans. So many of best ideas in the modern world came from them. And while this book is filled with facts, figures and historical information... it was so interesting that I stayed up late listening. Of course, I think Victor Bevine could read a Dell Technical manual and I would find it engaging lol. Do yourself a favor... this one is worth your time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 12-27-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Powerful!"

    This is definitely a great book and the writer goes with a great angle too. We always hear about the rape and death of the Indians so, it’s a nice change up to hear about their legacy and about all of the products, foods/spices and names that they have given us. It’s definitely a positive spin from their perspective. The ending and the closing lines are also outstanding!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Tipp City, OH, United States 04-16-10
    Melody Tipp City, OH, United States 04-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent!!"

    I have listened to 3 of Jack Weatherford's book, and have enjoyed them all. I would recommend his books to anyone!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-07-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A new look at history"

    Jack Weatherford always has some interesting insights to event of history and anthropology. In this book each chapter demonstrates the influence the natives of the Americas had on the rest of the world. From gold and silver to government, architecture, to food plant and medicinal plants. It is an amazing list of fact he gives particularly in the influence of the forming of the United States government. Victor Bevins did a good job narrating the story. If you want a fresh and different view of the Native Americans read this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Seattle, WA, United States 03-29-12
    Colin Seattle, WA, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great listen for anyone in the Americas"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to everyone. I recommend this book to my students in Mediterranean history so that they learn how many of the things they misattribute to the Greeks and Romans are in fact Native American contributions to world culture. I recommend this book to those who love cooking and eating. There's a lot of folklore about which staple foods today originated in the Americas. This book does a good job of giving an overview. And I recommend the book to anyone who just loves to be wowed by stories of real travel, and real people today interwoven with a historical perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    On a few (rare) occasions, the narrator mispronounces some words in European languages. This didn't detract from the listen for me, but I did notice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bpjammin 09-18-12
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    "well worth the listen"
    What did you love best about Indian Givers?

    Except for the first two chapters, the book contained a lot of new and interesting information about the Americas. (I almost stopped listening before Chapter 3.)

    This book seems to have been a major source of information & insight for the book 1493, but 1493 mellows out the polemic against European conquerors and adds some insight and information to this work.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. Reynolds Breckenridge, CO 09-26-11
    L. Reynolds Breckenridge, CO 09-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Eye Opening..."

    This is a very interesting book. It covers a wide range of topics on how early inhabitants from South and North America were instrumental in unlocking the treasures of the New World long before Europeans discovered and then exploited these peoples, reaping untold richest/benefits while virtually exterminating the benefactors without giving them even the slightest credit. One small example is the author makes a compelling case that the US democracy was in a significant way modeled after the native american values of personal freedom and tribal methods of governance...fascinating stuff!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 06-03-10
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 06-03-10 Member Since 2009

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "All things Jack Weatherford"

    This fellow does not write bad books. In fact, it seems, he only writes great books. Anytime you want a truly worthwhile revisionist history and you want a great narration thrown in, just pickup a Jack Weatherford book on Audible... yes, sounds like a commercial. But it's all true. Who knew those "savages" contributed so much.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 06-21-10
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 06-21-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow! What an impact our Native Americans had."

    This gives another and very positive perspective to what our Native Americans gave to the rest of the world. Read Bury My Heart at Wounde Knee to see how they were treated in return.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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