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Native American Contributions

Artist: Tomoko Joichi


I chose contributions of Native Americans. A book I have been reading, Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford, explains how Native Americans transformed the world. It is eye opening to me. I did not realize Native Americans have given us so much. In this artwork, I show a few vegetables. (The book highlights many more.) These vegetables saved people from starvation and sparked the culinary revolution worldwide. However, we have not given enough recognition to the Native Americans.

In the section I’m reading now, I learned how Indians are responsible for egalitarian democracy, federalism, medicine, urban planning, and more. These are too complicated to express in this project so I focused to show only food. The crossed rivers and teardrops represent the Native Americans’ sacrifices with countless hardship.

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