By Jack Weatherford

"Well written, imagery-ridden...A story of what was once, what grew to become, and what's this present day concerning the Indian relation to the ecu civilization that 'grafted' itself onto this old system.'"
Conventional American historical past holds that the white settlers of the recent global re-created the societies they'd recognized in England, France, and Spain. yet as anthropologist Jack Weatherford, writer of INDIAN GIVERS, brilliantly indicates, the Europeans really grafted their civilization onto the deep and nourishing roots of local American customs and ideology. Our position names, our farming and searching innovations, our crafts, the very blood that flows in our veins--all derive from American Indians ways in which we always fail to spot.

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