This beautifully designed, interactive nonfiction work celebrates
North American Indigenous thinkers and inventions—perfect for fans of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. ?
Corn. Chocolate. Fishing hooks. Boats that float. Insulated
double-walled construction. Recorded history and folklore. Life-saving
disinfectant. Forest fire management. Our lives would be unrecognizable
without these, and countless other, scientific discoveries and
technological inventions from Indigenous North Americans.
topics from transportation to civil engineering, hunting technologies,
astronomy, brain surgery, architecture, and agriculture, Indigenous Ingenuity is
a wide-ranging STEM offering that answers the call for Indigenous
nonfiction by reappropriating hidden history. The book includes fun,
simple activities and experiments that kids can do to better understand
and enjoy the principles used by Indigenous inventors. Readers of all
ages are invited to celebrate traditional North American Indigenous
innovation, and to embrace the mindset of reciprocity, environmental
responsibility, and the interconnectedness of all life.
"An astonishing, exuberant treasure trove of history, science and hands-on activities that repeatedly begs the question: "Why didn't I know this?" Essential for kids and adults. We need this book." —Candace Fleming, award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh and The Family Romanov
"Via authoritative, meticulously researched prose, the creators detail Native peoples’ significant strides in scientific pursuits
. . . [and] showcase Native tribes’ continual and enduring
impact. Photographs, as well as interactive activities detailing recipes
and science experiments, feature throughout, lending a hands-on approach to this clear and concise work."—Publishers Weekly
FRESHLY DESIGNED FORMAT INVITES YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE: The
book is heavily designed with illustrations and photographs
throughout to deliver a fresh commercial package that is both an
informational resource (for book reports, presentations, etc) and
contains backmatter activities and experiments for more practical
Hardcover Book. Juvenile Nonfiction / Native American. Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7. 272 pages.