Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

eBook - 2013
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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: [United States] : Milkweed Editions : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781571318718
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Oct 04, 2018

This is a really important book. Part Native/Indigenous history, part autobiography, part science, part storytelling - almost a collection of essays.

Some of the parts didn't quite fit well together, or at least that's how it seemed to me, but still a great and powerful book. I would highly recommend it to others, it has the power to change how you look at and interact with the world and the people in it.

squib Aug 21, 2018

Robin Wall Kimmerer has offered us all so much knowledge through her weaving together of history, memoir, and myth like three strands of sweetgrass. It is a call for us--All of Us--to dedicate ourselves to cleaning up the aftermath of industrial colonialism.

Love the land, the plants, fungi, animals, they are our cousins and we're all in this together. So, let's, shall we?

May 12, 2018

An interesting and informative book - part autobiography, part indigenous social history threaded together with some plant science. I enjoyed listening to the author share her story & ideas in bits while walking or drifting off to sleep.

DBRL_ReginaF Apr 26, 2018

I read this book for the Read Harder 2018 Challenge (Task #18 - a book about nature) and i LOVED it! I loved the blend of science and indigenous philosophy. Every line seemed to be a quotable line, but here is one of my favorites - “The land knows you, even when you are lost.”

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.’

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.

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!

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.

Jun 15, 2016

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


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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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