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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the…

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Well balanced combination of Ms. Kimmerer's knowledge of botany from her studies and nature from her American Indian background. She has a beautiful gentle writing style, but so passionate. A book I will re read many sections over again. ( )
  loraineo | Jul 7, 2017 |
This is a book written by a Native American restoration ecologist. Although slow-moving, it's full of beautiful stories. Very true to the subtitle, it sits at the intersection of indigenous wisdom and scientific knowledge.

I had to put this book down at times and come back to it later; it's not a page turner.

I'm interested by the Native American legend of giants that she shares. She treats it as strictly fictional, but there are many reports that there was another race of eight- to nine-foot-tall humanoids in North American over the past twenty thousand years. It's very possibly that Native American legend might be tying back to prehistorical fact in this instance. ( )
  willszal | Mar 28, 2017 |
Heartbreaking to think of the things that are gone from this earth and terrifying to know we are on the brink of losing so much more. In the end the author gives a ray of hope. From the author - "Weep! Weep! calls a toad from the waters edge. And I do. If grief can be a doorway to love, then let us all weep for the world we are breaking apart so we can love it back to wholeness again" ( )
  Jolynne | Oct 10, 2015 |
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For all the Keepers of the Fire
/my parents /my daughters /and my grandchildren /yet to join us in this beautiful place
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Hold out your hands and let me lay upon them a sheaf of freshly picked sweetgrass, loose and flowing, like newly washed hair.
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"An inspired weaving of indigenous knowledge, plant science, and personal narrative from a distinguished professor of science and a Native American whose previous book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.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 amajority 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"-- "As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness--the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural--to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen"--… (more)

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