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A January 2023 Books-A-Million Staff Pick
"Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer not only provides new perspectives into the art of botany, but also refreshes the spirit of nature in this technologically infused era. Anyone can appreciate the length Kimmerer has gone to to bring old Indigenous teaching to light in a new way. This book will kickstart your fascination for the ways science is changing, and the way people have, for so long, underestimated nature. I love this book."
- Recommended by Samantha from Midlothian, VA
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As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, 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, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings--asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass--offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
- ISBN-13: 9781571313560
- ISBN-10: 1571313567
- Publisher: Milkweed Editions
- Publish Date: August 2015
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds
- Page Count: 408