Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America

Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America

by Jack Weatherford
     
 

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"Well written, imagery-ridden...A tale of what was, what became, and what is today regarding the Indian relation to the European civilization that 'grafted' itself onto this ancient system.'"
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Conventional American history holds that the white settlers of the New World re-created the societies they had known in England, France, and Spain.

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"Well written, imagery-ridden...A tale of what was, what became, and what is today regarding the Indian relation to the European civilization that 'grafted' itself onto this ancient system.'"
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Conventional American history holds that the white settlers of the New World re-created the societies they had known in England, France, and Spain. But as anthropologist Jack Weatherford, author of INDIAN GIVERS, brilliantly shows, the Europeans actually grafted their civilization onto the deep and nourishing roots of Native American customs and beliefs. Our place names, our farming and hunting techniques, our crafts, the very blood that flows in our veins--all derive from American Indians ways that we consistently fail to see.


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Library Journal
``Beneath the surface of . . . American accomplishments, lie indigenous roots,'' asserts cultural anthropologist Weatherford, in this sequel to his popular Indian Giving ( LJ 11/1/88). The bounty of the Americas, carefully tended and developed by the first Americans, melded with the rich diversity of both European settlers and indigenous groups to produce a unique American culture. While the premise is sound, the author's assertions often overstate Indian influence on settlers. He relies on secondary sources, some of which are incomplete or controversial, for his references. General readers deserve better.-- Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., Bronx, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307755414
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/23/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
267,277
File size:
3 MB

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