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Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America
Paperback - English

Anthropologist Jack Weatherford described the many contributions to culture of North and South American Indians in Indian Givers (70,000 trade paperbacks sold). Now he brilliantly shows how white settlers of the New World grafted their European civilization onto the deep roots of Native American customs. What resulted was an Indianguage to the economy. ..."Gracefully written . . . thoroughly researched . . . America is a banquet prepared by the Indians--who were forgotten when it was time to give thanks at the table."--St. Paul Pioneer-Express

"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 stem'"--Minneapolis Star Tribune

In Indian Givers, anthropologist Jack Weatherford revealed how the cultural, social, and political practices of the American Indians transformed the world. In Native Roots, Weatherford focuses on the vital role Indian civilizations have played in the making of the United States.

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 Weatherford so brilliantly shows, Europeans in fact grafted their civilizations onto the deep and nourishing roots of Native American customs and beliefs. Beneath the glass-and-steel skyscrapers of contemporary Manhattan lies an Indian fur-trading post. Behind the tactics of modern guerrilla warfare are the lightning-fast maneuvers of the Plains Indians. Our place names, our farming and hunting techniques, our crafts, and the very blood that flows in our veins--all derive from American Indians in ways that we consistently fail to see. In Weatherford's words, "Without understanding Native Americans, we will never know who we are today in America."

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
0449907139
EAN
9780449907139
Publisher
Publication Date
15/09/1992
Pages
320
Dimension
20.75cm x 13.46cm x 2.06cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Weatherford, Jack
Jack Weatherford is a professor of anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. He is a specialist in tribal peoples and the author of Indian Givers, Native Roots, Savages and Civilization and The History of Money.




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