Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Explains how developing a wider ecological consciousness can foster an increased understanding of both nature's generosity and the reciprocal relationship humans have with the natural world.

Perseus Publishing
Called the work of "a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" (Publishers Weekly) and the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love," by Library Journal, Braiding Sweetgrass is poised to be a classic of nature writing. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer asks 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 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 offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.


Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781571313560
1571313567
9781571313355
1571313354
Branch Call Number: 179.10899 K571b 2013
Characteristics: x, 390 p. ; 23 cm

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singingshauna
Jan 30, 2018

It seems of late that I have read many, many books written by indigenous peoples that are heartbreaking. Their stories need to be heard in our world at this time. But Braiding Sweetgrass is a story, although nonfiction, that touches my soul in a completely different way. I came away from reading this book hopeful for the future. I came away from reading this book being more generous, and grateful for the gifts the land gives us. I am reminded to be thankful for all the bounties nature gives us.

P347...’If the bird’s gift is song, then it has a responsibility to greet the day with music. It is the duty of birds to sing and the rest of us receive this song as a gift.… We may not have wings or leaves, but we humans do have words. Language is our gift and our responsibility.’

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Mooseum
Nov 25, 2017

This quickly became one of my favorite books. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a scientist who writes with a sensitivity and understanding of nature from an indigenous perspective and that makes all the difference. We do not have enough respect for the land and if we understood the native stories, maybe we would have a newfound appreciation for the earth. There is poetry and music in her writing as well as respect and gratitude.

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peacebenow
Oct 06, 2017

I am now in the process of trying to internalize the word reciprocity. Reading this book was like taking a spiritual journey on the natural wonders and care of the earth under the guidance of science. I hope her teachings will remain with me. Thank you!

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LexiLou2
Aug 09, 2016

I went into a different state when reading this novel. It was enthralling. Robin is a fantastic storyteller who captivated me with her descriptions that were never verbose, but always detailed. There were so many gems of Indigenous Knowledge in this book. It is beautiful.

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c_anderson
Jun 15, 2016

This is an amazing book - beautifully written, wise, and informative.

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