Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

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Publisher Description

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 and 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.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2013
September 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Milkweed Editions
SELLER
Perseus Books, LLC
SIZE
1.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Grandad52 ,

A Must Read

This book is so foundational, that anyone who works for change, for reversing global warming, for justice will be better prepared to face our uncertain future. Also some of the best prose poetry being written today.

Cindy Suns ,

Breathtaking imagery

One of the most beautifully written love letters to nature I’ve ever read. It was recommended to me by a friend. Once I started reading I thirsted for it at the start of each day. I have been buying up every copy I find and sharing it with my friends who love the earth and plants as much as I do. Thank you Robin.

cosmic coyote ,

Never too late

This book of ancient teachings is so relevant…

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