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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants [9780141991955]

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'A hymn of love to the world ... 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, author of Eat, Pray, Love

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 ways of knowledge together.

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and 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 a rich braid of 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 a wider 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.

AUTHOR: Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
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    Braiding Sweetgrass

    Posted by Rita Banfield on 8th Jan 2021

    A very accessible read of plants and culture and the importance of their care and consideration a necessary aid for our lifestyle it is wonderful to read and understand where we stand in relation to the universe and it’s vegetation.

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    Braiding Sweetgrass

    Posted by Caroline Lakin on 28th Oct 2020

    This book is Amazing. I have talked about it lots bought 12 copies to date and want to buy more. I give it to my friends and share her wisdom wherever I can. This book is the sort I also write out quotes from. It's Educational, funny, heart warming and as Elizabeth Gilbert says a hymn of love to the world.

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