Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

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As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as "the younger brothers of creation." As she explores these themes she circles toward a central argument: the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return--From back cover.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781571313560
1571313567
9781571313355
1571313354
Call Number: 299.7 K499b 2013
Characteristics: x, 390 pages ; 23 cm

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Essays by a Native American botanist combine the perspectives of science and the ecological awareness of indigenous cultures to reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature.

Essays by a Native American botanist combine the perspectives of science and the ecological awareness of indigenous cultures to reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature.


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NANCY STAUFFER
Apr 06, 2021

Recommended by Myrriah

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AAntosz
Mar 20, 2021

Braiding Sweetgrass is one of the most important books I've read in my lifetime.
It not only strengthened my relationship with Mother Nature but also helped recognize the joy each day brings.
I've also recommended this book to many family and friends.

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njkstl
Mar 20, 2021

Audrey recommendation.

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annveerman
Mar 03, 2021

Some beautiful prose that enhances a mystical understanding of the connectivity of life.

Despite it's great potential I could not finish the book. Some serious editorial discipline is needed.

I suspect the publishing was rushed to jump on the indigenous wisdom bandwagon.

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zvanstanley
Dec 07, 2020

This is one of my all-time favorite reads. The blending of traditional and scientific ways of knowing the world combine to create a beautiful appreciation of the natural world.

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mjschmidt59
Oct 23, 2020

Lovely read. Well written and interweaves different ways of knowing the world in a positive and valuable way.

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EmilyEm
Oct 21, 2020

Essays that lend depth to our understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things and a point of view based on Indigenous history and teachings giving meaning to words like gratitude, reciprocity and home. A Milkweed Editions publication.

Some of Kimmerer’s essays just took my breath away. Having spent time outdoors in both parts of New York and Oregon, settings for much of her work, I could be right in her settings with her. Hope my gardening friends pick this one up; I waited months for a library copy. Interesting that just as it came it got a shout-out from 'Vesper Flights' writer Helen MacDonald when she was interviewed for the recent Minnesota Public Radio/Star Tribune ‘Talking Volumes.’ Perfect reading for this time.

ontherideau Oct 08, 2020

Let's start with respect for the land and gratitude for every morsel we take from it.
"we perpetrate the illusion that the things we consume have just fallen off the back of Santa's sleigh, not been ripped from the earth. The illusion enables us to imagine that the only choices we have are between brands."

debwalker Sep 24, 2020

Resurging as a bestseller for this dark covidtime.

JCLMaggieS Sep 15, 2020

This book reads like home.

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afowler813
Apr 01, 2020

“To be native to a place we must learn to speak its language.”

rosixdosi Oct 19, 2019

“When a language dies, so much more than words are lost. Language is the dwelling place of ideas that do not exist anywhere else. It is a prism through which to see the world. Tom says that even words as basic as numbers are imbued with layers of meaning. The numbers we use to count plants in the sweetgrass meadow also recall the Creation Story. Én:ska—one. This word invokes the fall of Skywoman from the world above. All alone, én:ska, she fell toward the earth. But she was not alone, for in her womb a second life was growing. Tékeni—there were two. Skywoman gave birth to a daughter, who bore twin sons and so then there were three— áhsen. Every time the Haudenosaunee count to three in their own language, they reaffirm their bond to Creation.”

rosixdosi Oct 19, 2019

“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”

DBRL_ReginaF Apr 26, 2018

“This is really why I made my daughters learn to garden—so they would always have a mother to love them, long after I am gone.”

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afowler813
Apr 05, 2020

So much ground is covered is this one book. It speaks to the poet, the scientist, the mother, the conservationist, and the friend; the list goes on and on. Read this to discover the unyielding power of generosity and how a mindful, reciprocal relationship with the earth can ACTUALLY enact positive change.

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