Indians of North America: A New Look at Old Cultures

Indians of North America: A New Look at Old Cultures

by Fern G. Brown
     
 

Thousands of years before Columbus, large populations of people with a diversity of thriving cultures occupied the Americas. Great cities were built, sophisticated irrigation systems were constructed, medical knowledge flourished, and astronomers accurately tracked the movement of the sun, moon, and stars. Now, a strong environmental movement has sparked a… See more details below

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Thousands of years before Columbus, large populations of people with a diversity of thriving cultures occupied the Americas. Great cities were built, sophisticated irrigation systems were constructed, medical knowledge flourished, and astronomers accurately tracked the movement of the sun, moon, and stars. Now, a strong environmental movement has sparked a reexamination of indigenous knowledge, with its emphasis on living in harmony with the earth. This book examines the science of the American Indians and its relevance today. It covers agriculture, pharmacology, architecture, math and astronomy, and tools, weapons, and technology.

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Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Many people who depend on aspirin to reduce aches, pains and fevers probably do not realize that it is based on compounds that Native American healers extracted from the bark and leaves of the willow tree hundreds of years ago. Many other intriguing facts about Native American science are presented in this attractive and useful nonfiction book. The five main chapters cover Farming and the Land, Medicine and Healing, Architecture, Math and Astronomy, and Tools, Weapons and Technology. Sidebars present related information, which sometimes includes an introduction to a modern Indian scientist and his or her work. A conclusion, introduction, index, glossary, bibliography, list of places to visit or write to, maps and many color photos and drawings are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805032512
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
Science Titles on Target Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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