- Series: Facts on File Library of American History
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Facts on File (December 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816040524
- ISBN-13: 978-0816040520
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World: 15,000 Years of Inventions and Innovations (Facts on File Library of American History)
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More than 450 inventions and innovations that can be traced to indigenous peoples of North, Middle, and South America are described in this wonderful encyclopedia. Criteria for selection are that the item or concept must have originated in the Americas, it must have been used by the indigenous people, and it must have been adopted in some way by other cultures. Some of the innovations may have been independently developed in other parts of the world (geometry, for example, was developed in ancient China, Greece, and the Middle East as well as in the Americas) but still fit all three criteria. The period of time covered is 25,000 B.C. to the twentieth century. Among the entries are Adobe, Agriculture, Appaloosa horse breed, Chocolate, Cigars, Diabetes medication, Freeze-drying, Hydraulics, Trousers, Urban planning, and Zoned biodiversity. Readers will find much of the content revealing. The authors note that the Moche "invented the electrochemical production of electricity" although they used it only for electroplating, a process they developed "more than a thousand years" before the Europeans, who generally get the credit. The Aztec medical system was far more comprehensive than anything available in Europe at the time of contact.
The entries are in alphabetical order. Most are anywhere from one paragraph to a column in length, though some (Stonemasonry techniques, Pharmacology, Road systems ) cover a page or more. Each entry includes the date and area of origination and has a short bibliography of secondary resources at the end. The cross-references appear in capital letters within an entry or as see also references at the end. The introduction has cross-references in it as well. Some of the entries include black-and-white illustrations or photographs. The only critical item missing from most entries is a pronunciation guide.
The end matter includes two appendixes: "Tribes Organized by Culture Area" and a selection of maps. These are followed by a glossary (of mostly medical terms used in many entries but again with no pronunciation guides), a chronology, and a bibliography (with a few Internet sites). There are several indexes: "Entries by Tribe, Group, or Linguistic Group"; "Entries by Geographical Culture Area"; a subject index; and a general index.
This is a well-written book with fascinating information and wonderful pictures. It should be in every public, school, and academic library for its depth of research and amazing wealth of knowledge. RBB
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Top Customer Reviews
usually used to induce vomiting. Children often swallow things they should not. The books goes into some detail about where the plant was first found, how it is refined, and how it came to be used by Europeans. It then lists some sources for further reading.
It also has a great Appendix section. It shows which tribes lived where, including many good maps. The Chronology section lists when different things were discovered or invented by the indigenous people. It also has an appendix which lists the book's
entries by area, by subject and by which tribal group is associated with that item.
I know how long it took me to do the research associated with my book. I can only guess that the authors spent a very long time putting together the material in this book.
EAICW has a plethora of listings and information. EAICW is 384 pages long and measures (in inches): 1.19 x 11.20 x 8.44. It is a BIG book. It would make an excellent addition to any well stocked library.
I highly recommend it.
This can only be added to, but its a great resource, and long needed - a bolster to all Native peoples and youth, and some surprising entries.
This should be used in classrooms across the globe!
He is the real deal! The book is well organized, accurate, and an easy to use text for a variety of topics addressing the culture-technilogical contributions of Native American tribes and peoples. I would highly recommend it for any college courses focusing on Native Americans and/or multiculturalism.
Associate Professor Emeritus
University of So. Maine
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book on Native American contributions. I use it a lot for references. I have bought several copies to give as gifts to my family.Published 21 months ago by Mario GArza, Ph.D.
I bought the book used, But it looks as new as ever! and it didn't take that long to deliver.Published 23 months ago by Antonio rodriguez
Great book for easy to find references, informative and educational. Beautiful pictures, with in depth descriptions that can be used in multiple educational settingsPublished on December 30, 2013 by lois wuestewald
I know the book is good but I have not received it as of yet. I am familiar with the book as portions were used at the opening of the Museum of the Native American Indians in... Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Hugh Lovell