By Jack Weatherford
"Well written, imagery-ridden...A story of what used to be, what grew to become, and what's this present day concerning the Indian relation to the eu civilization that 'grafted' itself onto this historic system.'"
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Conventional American background holds that the white settlers of the hot international 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 strategies, our crafts, the very blood that flows in our veins--all derive from American Indians ways in which we always fail to notice.
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