BRAIDING SWEETGRASS

INDIGENOUS WISDOM, SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND THE TEACHINGS OF PLANTS

Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass is a mother, a Potawatomi woman and a botanist and professor of plant ecology.  She weaves these personae into a beautifully written and inspiring set of stories based on her life in which she considers plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

Richard Powers of the New York Times says of the author, “I give daily thanks for Robin Wall Kimmerer for being a front of endless knowledge, both mental and spiritual.”

You can purchase the hardcover from Milkweed Editions, a nonprofit publishing organization which “..[Takes] risks on debut and experimental writers, [invests] significant time and care in the editorial process, and [enables] dynamic engagement between authors and readers.”

From Milkweed Books’ description of Braiding Sweetgrass:

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.” 

 

This article was a contribution of Alberta Pedroja, with additional writing from Sophie Stockum. 

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