Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World: 15,000 Years of Inventions and Innovations

Nov 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-2: Sustainability, Media Reviews

ENCYCLOPEDIA COVERby Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Porterfield
Facts on File Library of American History (2002)
384 pages
ISBN 0-8160-4052-4
Hardcover $65.00; paperback $15.72

Review by Holly Ristau

This one-volume encyclopedia is an invaluable resource that cites the many contributions of American Indians including inventions, procedures for processes, examples of wisdom, and technological advances.

Each item included must have originated in the Americas, must have been used by Indian people, and must have been in use for some time. If an entry had been invented independently in more than one part of the world, the book compares the inventions.

The 450 entries are cross-indexed and include sources and suggestions for further reading, often including web sites. There are also many black-and-white illustrations. The only short-coming of this book is that there are no pronunciation guides included in the entries or the glossary. I would recommend this title for every academic, school, and public library in America.

Holly Ristau is the librarian for the White Earth Tribal and Community College and Mahnomen Public Schools on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Mahnomen, MN.

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