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Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America Paperback – September 15, 1992
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From 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.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
Another insightful and provocative contribution by anthropologist Weatherford (Indian Givers, 1989, etc.) to increasing national recognition of the extent of white America's debt to Native Americans. Taking far-off Tuktoyaktuk, inside the Arctic Circle in Canada, as a point of departure, Weatherford illustrates that interdependency between white and Indian cultures persists today- -there, between a DEW-line radar installation and the old Inuit community nearby. Historically, the author details how early explorers from DeSoto to Lewis and Clark used native guides, and how many natural resources (timber, furs, cash crops of tobacco and King Cotton among them)--the economic foundation of white North America--were husbanded and harvested by Indians. Moreover, Weatherford points out, Indians as well as Africans were enslaved, and from native women as companions to European trappers and traders arose prominent mixed-blood groups such as the proud Mtis of central Canada. Evidence past and present combines to indicate contributions to language, military tactics, food, and philosophy, creating in each case an example concise and scholarly, yet at times lively and even poetic. Quietly subversive but wonderfully accurate--a comprehensive, memorable tribute to the pervasive Native American influence on those who destroyed a way of life even as they assimilated it. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You make movies and write books about the terrible autocracies about about the Jewish holocaust.but Hollywood movie producers and directors and writers won't even give a second thought about doing an HONEST movie or writing an HONEST novel about the Native American Indian holocaust!!
All that the Bureau of Indian Affairs were interested in was how much money they could make for themselves by ripping off and starving the Native Americans. Abraham Lincoln really dropped the ball when it came to dealing with this matter as well.