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

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May we thank you on the air?*:

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 indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest
teachers. Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together in Braiding
Sweetgrass 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, 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 acknowledgement 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.

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