Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall KimmererBraiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

byRobin Wall Kimmerer

Paperback | August 21, 2015

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As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise" (Elizabeth Gilbert). Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings - asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass - offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment andcelebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return."
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses . She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is...
Title:Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of PlantsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:408 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:August 21, 2015Publisher:Milkweed EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1571313567

ISBN - 13:9781571313560


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. I absolutely loved this book. The part where she was describing the cattail plant and what its used for was my favourite. It reminded me of when I would go medicine picking with my uncle. This book truly made me really reflect on myself and my own knowledge of my culture in a way that no other book has done before. Just beautiful.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything. This book is so rich in culture, wisdom, and the art of storytelling through the lives of the plants that sustain us. I would recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book I had to read this for school and I'm so glad I did! It was beautifully written and made me appreciate nature and Indigenous life even more than I already did. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly beautiful book This book had me in tears at several points. If you live in Northeastern North America, this book will have you seeing your everyday surroundings with new eyes.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing beautiful book This book moved me more than any book I have read in recent years. The blend of science, poetry, personal experience, and indigenous culture was balanced perfectly and I felt revelations about each topic. It made me dream of being one of Robin's students, learning from her, gardening with her, and sharing food and stories.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ~ I've heard good things and can't wait to get into it !
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This is a must read for humanity. It truly teaches how to live life with respect for the natural world as it was done by so many people before us.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book every human should read!!! Robin is poetic in her telling of our lost relationship with nature. Through her personal stories, all personal, scientific and/or spiritual in nature, you see why it is so important to remember that relationship. I truly loved this book.
Date published: 2015-02-13

Editorial Reviews

Robin Wall Kimmerer is writer of rare grace. She writes about the natural world from a place of such abundant passion that one can never quite see the world the same way after having seen it through Kimmerer's eyes. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she takes us on a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise. She is a great teacher, and her words are a hymn of love to the world." - Elizabeth Gilbert "Robin Wall Kimmerer has written an extraordinary book, showing how the factual, objective approach of science can be enriched by the ancient knowledge of the indigenous people. It is the way she captures beauty that I love the most - the images of giant cedars and wild strawberries, a forest in the rain and a meadow of fragrant sweetgrass will stay with you long after you read the last page." - Jane Goodall "With deep compassion and graceful prose, Robin Wall Kimmerer encourages readers to consider the ways that our lives and language weave through the natural world. A mesmerizing storyteller, she shares legends from her Potawatomi ancestors to illustrate the culture of gratitude in which we all should live." - Publishers Weekly "Robin Wall Kimmerer opens a sense of wonder and humility for the intelligence in all kinds of life we are used to naming and imagining as inanimate." - Krista Tippett, host of On Being "The gift of Robin Wall Kimmerer's book is that she provides readers the ability to see a very common world in uncommon ways, or, rather, in ways that have been commonly held but have recently been largely discarded. She puts forth the notion that we ought to be interacting in such a way that the land should be thankful for the people." - Minneapolis Star Tribune "Braiding Sweetgrass is instructive poetry. Robin Wall Kimmerer has put the spiritual relationship that Chief Seattle called the 'web of life' into writing. Industrial societies lack the understanding of the interrelationships that bind all living things - this book fills that void. I encourage one and all to read these instructions." - Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation and Indigenous Environmental Leader"