It’s always fascinating to realize the authentic inventor of a common everyday technology, of which someone else has been taking all the credit for. I don’t remember being shown many native inventions in school — just popcorn. There are many truly fantastic inventions and innovations, worth looking at with respect to the great indigenous peoples.

Top 10 Native Inventions

  1. Syringes
  2. Baby Bottles
  3. Baby Formula
  4. Oral Contraception
  5. Cigars
  6. Petroleum Collection & Extraction
  7. Bunk Beds
  8. Pharmaceuticals
  9. Chewing Gum
  10. Lacrosse

Soon after the arrival of Columbus, detailed descriptions of the inventions of Indigenous Peoples began to make their way back to Europe. Not satisfied that “savages” would be able to generate such innovation, rumors began to spread that the Americas were simply a lost colony of Christians or Israelites. Such rumors still exist today and in fact continue to be discussed by archeologists.

But all of this aside, indigenous cultures have created thousands upon thousands of innovations that are in use today in the most modern of practices, be it a tub of popcorn at the movies, the administering of medicines with surgical precision or the removal of tartar from teeth in modern dentistry. In order to give some more credit where credit is due to our ancestral innovators, here are 10 Native inventions and innovations that changed the world.

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