Indian Influence & Contributions
Suprising Indian Related Facts
many Indians were here when
Christopher Columbus was discovered?
Most early non-Indian historians, affected by the social climate of
their time, in which Indigenous people were greatly misunderstood,
placed the total populations of American Indian people much lower
than it actually was in reality. The lowest calculation I have heard
from educated Indigenous sources is 10 million. The highest I have
heard (which appears may be more accurate) is 53 million. Surprised?
Over 62% of all the food the people of the world eat today was originally
developed by American Indian people. Ever had popcorn? Indian food!
Back of the Dollar Bill
Did you know that the eagle seal on the back of the dollar bill is actually
taken from a centuries old seal of the 6-Nations of the Iroquois? Yep!
Except the 6-Nations seal didn't have the E Pluribus Unum banner, and
it was holding 6 arrows in its talon instead of the current 13. Surprised?
in the Military
Did you know that a far greater percentage of Indian people per capita
serve in the United States Military than any other race or ethnic group?
Did you know that Indians invented asphalt? True! Suprised?
Did you know that the Mayan Indian people taught the world the concept
of 'zero'? True! It was known to the Mayan people over 1,000 years before
being introduced to Europe by Arabs in A.D. 800. Surprised yet?
Did you know that Indian people were the first to show the world a new
way of looking at the environment? Thus came the term 'ecology'!
Did you know that the oldest published book on the planet is a Hopi
Indian book entitled 'Popov'? It's true! Surprised?
One out of every 100 people or so is an American Indian
Just 190 years ago, less than 8,000 non-Indians lived in Michigan
Pine sap is a great ointment to heal cuts
Raspberry-Leaf Tea will relieve menstrual symptoms
Tobacco is an Indian original (it was not abused as today)
Indians invented the rubber ball
LaCrosse is an old Indian game
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