Books

Braiding Sweetgrass

A book by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Robin Wall Kimmerer

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 acknowledgement 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. (From Milkweed Editions)

Robin Wall Kimmerer is an American scientist, professor and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

Interviews with Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Vancouver actor and singer-songwriter Alexandria Maillot on why reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer helps keep her grounded. 1:44

 

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