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

August 21, 2015|
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
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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. InBraiding 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 acknowledgmentand celebration 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 ofBraiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants andGathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a S...
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Title:Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:408 pages, 8.56 X 6.1 X 1.04 in
Shipping dimensions:408 pages, 8.56 X 6.1 X 1.04 in
Published:August 21, 2015
Publisher:Milkweed Editions
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781571313560

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