Freeze-dried food, syringes, root beer, rubberized clothing, beef jerky, and many of the tenets of the United States Constitution are only a few of the independent inventions and original discoveries that American Indian people gave to the world.
The Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World is the first A to Z reference book that extensively details and documents the inventiveness of American Indians.
Read the Reviews
"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.…We've starred this title because it is eye-opening and thought-provoking, and there is nothing else quite like it."
"[A] treasure trove of information about the large range of technologies and productions of Indian peoples…this is indeed the most comprehensive compilation of American Indian inventions and contributions to date. It is most worthwhile and should be on the bookshelves of every library and home in America."
"This large, well-illustrated volume is an excellent reference…One of the important strengths of the encyclopedia is that the information provided is balanced and rooted in facts, not speculation…Highly recommended."
by Doug George-Kanentiio
There is virtually no aboriginal person in the western hemisphere who has not suffered the indignities of having these myths thrown at them or used to justify their ongoing subjugation whether in school yards, before ignorant judges or in bad movies. Given the outright hostility governments, schools and churches have towards the preservation of a distinct aboriginal identity it is truly amazing Native people have survived to the present day.
This book ranks along “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” “Indian Giver” and “A People’s History of the United States” in its myth shattering potential. Can any teacher ignore the truth when it is now set so clearly before them?
I would strongly urge anyone with a kernel of intellectual curiosity: teacher, administrator, researcher, lawyer, politician, writer, to buy this book. I guarantee it will enlighten, stimulate and entertain.
It's written in the style of any popular encyclopedia--e.g., the World Book. It may get a little tiring if you read it straight through, but it goes down easily in small doses.
Every fan of my website and blog should read Lies My Teacher Told Me, Indian Giver, and A People’s History of the United States. As George-Kanentiio suggests, add American Indian Contributions to the list of must-read books.
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Books.