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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Contributions - MOST COMPLETE LIST ON THIS SITE

CONTRIBUTION ACTIVITY FROM COURSE or WORKSHOP
A Sampling (health, sports, inventions, resources, government, medicine, architecture, business, and food) 

Questions/Answer Game (based on "A Sampling" above)
 
FOODS (Wikipedia - food originating in the Americas)
Detailed Food Explanations with Some History and Culture Background
Agave
Amaranth
Arrowroot
Avocado
Beans (14 varieties)  How to cook
Brandy (made from corn)
Corn (How could the Romans have used corn?) Corn tastes better on the honor system
Cotton
Cranberries
Jerky
Maple Sugar and Syrup
Papaya
Peanuts
Pecans
Pemmican
Pineapples
Popcorn
Potatoes (all, including white and sweet)
Pumpkins
Quinoa
Quinine
Squash
Strawberries
Tapioca (Manioc/Cassava) Yucca: Background.
Tomatoes
Turkeys
Vanilla
Walnuts
Watermelon
Wild Rice

RECIPES

TECHNIQUES (PRACTICES), TECHNOLOGY & INVENTIONS
Posters (technology and food)
Abacus
Barbecue
Baskets
Cataract surgery
Clam bakes
Clothing manufacture
Daily bathing
Farming methods
Hammocks
Irrigation systems
Needle with “eye”

Vulcanization
10 Inventions That Changed the World http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/06/29/10-native-inventions-and-innovations-changed-world-155541?page=0%2C2

INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE EXCELLED IN THEIR FIELDS
Jim Thorpe (athlete)
Billy Mills (athlete)
Johnny Bench (athlete)
Charles Curtis (vice president of U.S.)
Maria Tallchief (ballerina)
Johnny Cash (entertainer)
Buffy St. Marie (musician)
Will Rogers (entertainer)

HISTORICAL HEROES WHO Fought for Native People to retain culture and land
CONTEMPORARY ROLE MODELS Leaders
Crazy Horse
Wovoka
Wilma Mankiller
Sitting Bull
Geronimo
Lone Wolf
Matacom (King Phillip)
Tecumseh
Sequoyah
Seathl
Nancy Ward
Red Jacket

PRODUCTS
Canoe
Cat’s Cradle
Cigars
Coonskin caps
Cradle boards (baby carriers)
Fringed buckskin jacket
Kayak
Moccasins
Mukluks
Pipe smoking
Rubber
Shelters
Soaps & shampoos
Snowshoes
Tipi
Tobacco
Toboggan
Tomahawk

SOME NATIVE AMERICAN WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Caribou
Chinook
Chipmunk
Cougar
Flathead
Hurricane - more information about the Zemis (gods and goddesses) here.
Mahogany
Miami
Milwaukee
Moccasin
Moose
Opossum
Ottawa
Pocatello
Seattle
Skunk
Spokane
Wichita
Woodchuck
Yakima

Some Words that Went From the Americas to Europe
maize/corn
potatoes
tomatoes
pumpkins
llamas/alpacas
guinea pigs
turkey
vanilla
avocados
bell and chili peppers
cocoa
cashews
tobacco
sunflower
strawberry
rubber
pineapple
papaya
passion fruit
zucchini
cranberries
squash
pecans
sweet potato

Some Words that Went From Europe to the Americas
cattle
horses/donkeys
honey bees
pigs
apples
almonds
basil
cantaloupe
celery
egg plant
olives
ginger
pistachios
rice
rye
soybeans
spinach
diseases (small pox, influenza, measles, chicken pox and several others)

Some Native Words Adopted into English
skunk (Massachusett/Algonquin)
chipmunk (Ojibwa)
opossum (Algonquin)
raccoon, moose and caribou (Algonquin)
hickory (Algonquin)
pecan (Illinois)
squash (Narragansett)
caucus (Algonquin)
avocado (Nahuatl)
chili (Nahuatl)
shack (Xahcalli)
barbeque (Arawak)
canoe (Taino)
hammock (Taino)
savanna (Taino)
condor (Quechua)
jerky (Quechua)
hurricane (Arawak)
jaguar (Tupinamba)
cougar (Guarani)

Some Place Names
Alabama (Choctaw)
Alaska (Aleut)
Connecticut (Algonquin)
Delaware
Illinois (Algonquin/Miami)
Iowa (Dakota)
Kansas
Kentucky (Iroquois/Seneca)
Massachusetts
Mexico (Nahuatl)
Michigan (Ottawa)
Minnesota (Algonquin/Ojibwa)
Mississippi (Ojibwa)
Missouri
Ohio (Seneca)
Oklahoma (Choctaw)
Utah (Ute)
Wisconsin (Algonquin)
Wyoming (Delaware)

There'd Be No U.S.A. Without Native Warriors
     For over 200 years Native Americans have had the highest record of service in the US military per capita when compared to other ethnic groups. This leaves little doubt regarding the patriotism, love of land, family and warrior spirit that still remains.
     Not only have they served in every war, battle and conflict in support of America—their fearless resolve was first on display in the countless ‘Indian wars’ against Europeans in defense of tribal sovereignty and independence.
There's a massive free catalogue of Indigenous films online — and we have 6 picks to get you started

AND, you might want to do "REVERSE CONTRIBUTIONS" to show what what the Native Americans received from Europeans. Here are some examples:
·       An interesting summary of Columbus's four voyages with a connection to the 2010 Lunar Eclipse on Solstice, and his contribution of "ship worms" to Europe.