Braiding Sweetgrass

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

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Natural World & Environment, Nature Writing
Paperback Published on: 23/04/2020
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Braiding Sweetgrass
A Must Read
This is truly one of the most influential books I’ve ever read in my life - I’ve now gifted it to four people because I just want everyone to read it! Robi... READ MORE
Courtney Bateman


'A hymn of love to the world ... 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, author of Eat, Pray, Love

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 ways of knowledge together.

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and 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 a rich braid of 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 a wider 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141991955
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 299g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm

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Braiding Sweetgrass
Essential Nature Writing
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer This has to e one of my all time favourite books. One that I will dip into time and time again. Kimmerer is a... READ MORE
Larissa Dziedzan  c/o IAN LEWIS
Braiding Sweetgrass
Fascinating and beautifully written
Fascinating and beautifully written. I found this audiobook after searching for a book that would meet the "nature" square for library bingo. I'm not sure ... READ MORE
Katherine Holom