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

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


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

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16 hours
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Released:
Jul 5, 2016
ISBN:
9781515975908
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Description

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.

Publisher:
Released:
Jul 5, 2016
ISBN:
9781515975908
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Robin Wall Kimmerer is the State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She is founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her books include Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.



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  • (5/5)
    This is an excellent book, not only about plants and indigenous wisdom, but about finding reasons and hope to participate in saving our living planet.
  • (5/5)
    Best book I've read in quite some time. Beautiful stories. I just LOVED it.
  • (5/5)
    Best book i ever listened to, I am crying with joy
  • (5/5)
    I loved it!!!!! Please read this book . Absolutely Amazing
  • (5/5)
    Her voice is very soothing, prefect for this book. As she spoke she drew a picture. What a great book, what a life, so different from anything I ever read. She taught me so much about nature and the glorious earth, it really touched me. I will never forget this book. Thank you for sharing your life.
  • (5/5)
    Most people confuse 'Doing Better' with accumulating more, nothing is further from the truth.