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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (2013)

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Nature. Sociology. Nonfiction. 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.… (more)
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Such a beautiful perspective. I love the spiritualism, poetry, and science side-by-side, and would cherish the opportunity to spend time engaging with nature like this. ( )
  LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
I learned a lot from this book but... I don't always find her interpretation of the effects of migrations on people as true. Humans have been migrating for millennia. Our deep connections are with the earth not any small area. ( )
  Catherine.Cox | Jun 17, 2024 |
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I really enjoyed chapters of this book, but the length of the chapters (I listened to it) made it difficult for me to find time to listen and to also remember what I had listened to. ( )
  jenkies720 | Jun 7, 2024 |
This book is truly amazing and I think everybody should read it. It was really eye-opening and made me look at many things from a different perspective. ( )
  dacejav | May 22, 2024 |
Amazing, enlightening, storytelling at its finest. It both teaches and inspires. ( )
  elizasani | May 14, 2024 |
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Robin Wall Kimmererprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hughes, CindyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuhnz, ConnieDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seegers, NicoleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Speaker, Mary AustinCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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[Preface] Hold out your hands and let me lay upon them a sheaf of freshly picked sweetgrass, loose and flowing, like newly washed hair.
She fell like a maple seed, pirouetting on an autumn breeze.
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"The land loves us back. She loves us with beans and tomatoes, with roasting ears and blackberries and birdsongs. By a shower of gifts and a heavy rain of lessons. She provides for us and teaches us to provide for ourselves. That is what good mothers do." ... "This is really why I made my daughters learn to garden—— so they would always have a mother to love them. Even after I am gone."
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Nature. Sociology. Nonfiction. 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.

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Contents:

Planting Sweetgrass:
  • Skywoman Falling
  • The Council of Pecans
  • The Gift of Strawberries
  • An Offering
  • Asters and Goldenrod
  • Learning the Grammar of Animacy
Tending Sweetgrass:
  • Maple Sugar Moon
  • Witch Hazel
  • A Mother's Work
  • The Consolation of Water Lilies
  • Allegiance to Gratitude
Picking Sweetgrass:
  • Epiphany in the Beans
  • The Three Sisters
  • Wisgaak Gokpenagen: A Black Ash Basket
  • Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass
  • Maple Nation: A Citizenship Guide
  • The Honorable Harvest
Braiding Sweetgrass:
  • In the Footsteps of Nanabozho: Becoming Indigenous to Place
  • The Sound of Silverbells
  • Sitting in a Circle
  • Burning Cascade Head
  • Putting Down Roots
  • Umbilicaria: The Belly Button of the World
  • Old-Growth Children
  • Witness to the Rain
Burning Sweetgrass:
  • Windigo Footprints
  • The Sacred and the Superfund
  • People of Corn, People of Light
  • Collateral Damage
  • Shkitagen: People of the Seventh Fire
  • Defeating Windigo
Epilogue: Returning the Gift
Contents:

Planting Sweetgrass:
  • Skywoman Falling
  • The Pecan Grove
  • An Offering
  • The Gift of Strawberries
  • Asters and Goldenrod
  • Learning the Grammar of Animacy
Tending Sweetgrass:
  • Maple Sugar Moon
  • Witch Hazel
  • The Water Net
  • The Condolence of Water Lilies
  • Allegiance to Gratitude
Picking Sweetgrass:
  • Epiphany in the Beans
  • The Three Sisters
  • Wisgaak Gokpenagen: A Black Ash Basket
  • Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass
  • Maple Nation: A Citizenship Guide
  • The Honorable Harvest
Braiding Sweetgrass:
  • In the Footsteps of Nanabozho : Becoming Indigenous to Place
  • The Sound of Silverbells
  • Sitting in a Circle
  • Burning Cascade Head
  • Putting Down Roots
  • Umbilicaria: The Bellybutton of the World
  • Old Growth Children
  • Witness to the Rain
Burning Sweetgrass:
  • Windigo Footprints
  • The Sacred and the Superfund
  • Collateral Damage
  • People of Corn, People of Light
  • Shkitagen: People of the Seventh Fire
  • Defeating Windigo
Epilogue: Returning the Gift
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