Hi! A wonderfully written nonfiction exploring indigenous culture and diaspora, appreciating nature, and what we can do to help protect and honor the land we live upon. Five stars for the beauty of some of Robin Wall Kimmerer's writing in many essays/chapters. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published understanding about lichens that you never knew you needed (but you do), and She is a professor at the State University of New York in the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the founding director of its Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. We’d love your help. Eve...Indigenous peoples were slaughtered and continue to be erased and killed by the West and its institutions. I think it has affected me more than anything else I've ever read. I discovered 'Braiding Sweetgrass : Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants' by Robin Wall Kimmerer years back through a friend's recommendation. The various themes didn't braid together as well as Sweetgrass itself does. This is an absolutely brilliant book that joins up indigenous thinking with ecology and botanical science in fascinating ways. As you wend your way through Braiding Sweetgrass you will be introduced to the concept of Earth Braiding Sweetgrass [indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants] (Book) : Kimmerer, Robin Wall : "An inspired weaving of indigenous knowledge, plant science, and personal narrative from a distinguished professor of science and a Native American whose previous book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. A fantastic book I cannot praise it enough. I felt euphoric inhaling the intense fragrance, and truly understood why the author would name a book after this plant. I loved it. at the table of contents. I appreciated Robin Wall Kimmerer’s perspective on giving back to the land considering how much the land gives to us. Braiding Sweetgrass is a delight of a book on many levels. I thought I remembered seeing a video of her speaking at a previous conference—something about learning from plants. I picked up the book, read the text on the back, and looked Science is a painfully tight pair of shoes. Its about pursuing the wants and needs of humans, with less concern for the more-than-human world. It is possible to live in harmony with the earth as we have done it before for countless generations and we can do it again, but we don't have to become cave men/women to do it again. An Overview: What is sweetgrass – Hierochloe odorata – wiingaashk? As a social scientist myself, I found her nuanced ideas about the relationship between western science and indigenous worldviews compelling. 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An illustration of two cells of a film strip. Apparently, they did because a few minutes later the ants subsided. This essay collection is a long meditation on the natural world and our place in it. book. Today we’ll be discussing “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. She is wrong. First, I simply did not enjoy the book stylistically. I finally got around to reading it last week. When you read Braiding Robin Wall Kimmerer’s essay collection, “Braiding Sweetgrass,” is a perfect example of crowd-inspired traction. My mission was pulling out invasive plants, mostly oxalis, attempting to take over at the expense of some tiny California fuchsias. Start by marking “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” as Want to Read: Error rating book. We don't have to have dominion over every living thing, we can live with everything equally as the earth feeds us and we feed the earth with good, pure and healthy things. Dr. Kimmerer’s essays appear in Whole Terrain, … How important the earth is to us and how important we are to the earth. We are discussing it here: This is on my to-read list. Industrial societies lack the understanding of the interrelationships that bind all living things - this book fills that void. Braiding Sweetgrass book: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin wall Kimmerer this book isn’t a book on witchcraft at all. The following paragraphs will make sense to you after you read Braiding Sweetgrass. Snowshoes and a rain slicker might come Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of in handy, too. I will bump it up to the top of my list. The book lends its title from the sweetgrass that is such a mainstay of indigenous tradition. The book was published in 2013 by Milkweed Editions. It left me at a loss for words. Here, you will have an opportunity to observe how to make a basket, not of grass, but of wood. You will discover that there is a lot more to basket weaving than you may have thought. as a gift, meet three sisters, learn about honorable harvesting, gain an She seems to do a fine job of merging them. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I would read a couple of essays. Take a walk with a true daughter of Mother Nature. Crawford shared her review of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer for our ongoing series of book … I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author while camping and hiking in a national park. Different animals and how the indigenous people learned from watching them and plants, the trees. Preferably one with desirable attributes Robin Wall Kimmerer. Made me want to live in the wilderness and dedicate my life to restoring natural habitats and lands! I would read a couple of essays, find my mind wandering, and then put the book down for a couple of weeks. Listen Download Save. Readers, depending on your level of experience with indigenous teachings, you may or may not be surprised to discover how easily science and spirituality weave together to form a body of knowledge about Earth that makes sense. Shop now. “In some Native languages the term for plants translates to “those who take care of us.”, “Action on behalf of life transforms. It is a vision of a new world, of reciprocity, gratitude and seeing the living world for what it is: an abundance of gifts. 10/09/17, Central Coast Bioneers — Breakthrough Solutions for People and Planet 10/24/12, Central Coast Bioneers Conference 2014 – Growing the Movement 11/10/14, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – Delicious or Destructive? 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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". 07/03/17, 5 Must-See Films about Food, Health, and the Environment 02/27/17, America Recycles Day – Aluminum Cans and E-Waste 11/14/16, America Recycles Day – Start at the Store 11/13/14, Are You an Aspirational Recycler? I'm sure there is still so much I can't see. My copy of the book has a colorful ruffle of sticky tabs First, you will go into the forest to search for a black ash As for the rest of it, although I love the author's core message--that we need to find a relationship to the land based on reciprocity and gratitude, rather than exploitation--I have to admit, I found the book a bit of a struggle to get through. I feel I must justify my rating of this book as some of my peers would disagree with me. teachings, and reflections about motherhood. But just two stars for the repetitive themes, the disorganization of the book as a whole, the need for editing and shortening in many places. This nonfiction the power of language, especially learning the language of your ancestors to connect you to your culture as well as the heartbreaking fact that indigenous children who were banned from speaking anything from English in academic settings. Often I read it before bed to dream better. Linda researches and writes about environmental topics to share information and to spark conversation. Books. I've been reading this book slowly because I'm savoring it and don't want it to end. Each essay reveals a little more about the author’s life reconciling modern science with her own indigenous culture. at school. Against the backdrop of an amphibian rescue mission, Kimmerer uses salamanders to illustrate the concepts of othering (viewing or treating others as different and alien to oneself) and xenophobia (fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners). “Caring for plants is important. Seen through the eyes of a botanist and Native American, this non-fiction book asks many questions about botany, while looking to Native American … The book the President should read, that all of us who care about the future of the planet should read, is Robin Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass. But the best thing about this book As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. But I'm grateful for this book and I recommend it to every single person! Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Kimmerer understandably favors her native culture, but in her efforts to emphasize its goodness, she often misrepresents the other side. marking my favorite passages. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants is a 2013 nonfiction book by Robin Wall Kimmerer and published by Milkweed. Before you open Braiding Robin Wall Kimmerer has put the spiritual relationship that Chief Seattle called the 'web of life' into writing. Save. It is a book that explores the connection between living things and human efforts to cultivate a more sustainable world through the lens of indigenous traditions. I often was so absorbed in the story that I would forget I was learning new, relevant information about, for example, pecans. ... BRAIDING SWEETGRASS ... writes Kimmerer, sweetgrass “was the very first to grow on the earth,” a constant reminder of the creator called Skywoman. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Award for Nonfiction (2015). Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants Robin Wall Kimmerer. If this were my only qualm with Braiding Sweetgrass, I would be able to overlook it. There is a saying you reap what you sow and currently in huge numbers we are reaping terrible things on our planet, we only have one planet earth, we can't look for anywhere else when we don't look after what we already have. There are so many post-its and bent pages I need to revisit. AbeBooks.com: Braiding Sweetgrass (9780141991955) and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices. I found this problematic as she neglects the further complexities of the Eden story: the presence of Adam and God for starters. Imagine raising children in a society that teaches gratitude If this were my only qualm with Braiding Sweetgrass, I would be able to overlook it. It has created powerful tools for ravaging the planets ecosystems, creating a hard path for our descendants. Her version of the Christian creation story juxtaposed with the Skywoman tale certainly implies that Western society (as in typical Western society, for certainly her people were further west first) is at odds with nature due to their foundation myths. Clearly I am in the minority here, as this book has some crazy high ratings overall. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. However, this certainly is not the case; it is quite clear that when Moses speaks of subduing the earth, he does not mean to destroy but to cultivate, for it is obvious we require it to survive. As an herbalist, I get both of those perspectives and love the author's way of connecting science and tradition. Then I would find myself thinking about something the author said, decide to give the book another try, read a couple of essays, etc. . Robin Wall Kimmerer is the author of "Gathering Moss" and the new book " Braiding Sweetgrass". Kimmerer is uniquely placed to braid indigenous knowledge with scientific learnings and she does it with kindness, ingenuity and a poet's prose. Braiding Sweetgrass is the book we all need right now. An illustration of a 3.5" floppy disk. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It has created powerful tools for ravaging the planet’s ecosystems, creating a hard path for our descendants. 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 … I listened to the unabridged audiobook BRAIDING SWEETGRASS: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants read by the author Robin Wall Kimmerer. —British Vogue, "4 Emma-Watson-Approved Books" Plants, your relationship with Earth will be changed forever. It is a vitally important read for humanity as we see ourselves, how we see the world, our relation to it and how we need each other. It teaches the reader so many things about plants and nature in general. This audio study guide for Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer includes detailed summary and analysis of each chapter and an in-depth exploration of the book’s multiple symbols, motifs, and themes such as over-consumption and the intersection of science and spirituality. During a break at the 2018 Central Coast Bioneers conference, I was standing at the book table perusing the titles on offer when I spotted Braiding Sweetgrass. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness—the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural—to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. I would have liked to read just about Sweetgrass and the customs surrounding it, to read just about her journey as a Native American scientist and professor, or to read just about her experiences as a mother. To see what your friends thought of this book, There are some mentions of animals (one essay deals with the works of a fur trapper, another discusses the life of salamanders), but mostly it's about. For example, in her first chapter, she compares the Skywoman legend with Eve in Eden, claiming that Skywoman is inherently in harmony with nature while Eve is at war with it. It was heartbreaking to realize my nearly total disconnection from the earth, and painful to see the world again, slowly and in pieces. the gratefulness + hope + kindness that shines through these pages is a much needed reminder. In. What is Community Choice Energy and Why Should You Care? Notes forthcoming. Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, and writer. Best of luck. Although the collection is long and sometimes repetitive, what it has to say is valuable to our current understanding and our future under climate change. Sweetgrass to begin reading it, take a deep breath and slowly let it out as Whether that means through cultivation or extractive practices. It also greatly touches upon how humans and nature impact one another and how we. you explore with Robin Wall Kimmerer. The title of the book is "Braiding Sweetgrass," and braiding is what Robin Wall Kimmerer does, weaving her strands of biology professor, mother and Potawatomi woman. Science is a painfully tight pair of shoes. Her writing about the importance of maintaining indigenous language and culture also elicited feelings of tenderness and sadness from, Powerful book with lots of indigenous wisdom related to science, gratitude, and how we relate to the land. The author melds her training as a botanist with the knowledge of plants gained through her Native American upbringing to create a more holistic view of the plant kingdom. 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As someone currently studying science at an online university I am often disenchanted by terminology and jargon of the language scientist use, however, this book is as much poetry as it is scientific. Braiding Sweetgrass_ Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants ( engbookPDF.com ) ... An illustration of an open book. is that it is an enchanting collection of stories masquerading as a nonfiction Illustration by David Mahoney. Read it. This book contains one exceptional essay that I would highly recommend to everyone, "The Sacred and the Superfund." As for the rest of it, although I love the author's core message--that we need to find a relationship to the land based on reciprocity and gratitude, rather than exploitation--I have to admit, I found the book a bit of a struggle to get through. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Video. More than recycling bins, carpooling and composting in the garden, we need to reassess ourselves as children of the land. Kimmerer shows us that science and spirituality are complementary and that we Below are glimpses into three of the chapters. Ever since then, for Women’s History Month in March, I read at least one book by or about a woman environmentalist. I love her writing because she has the perspective of a botany professor as well as an indigenous perspective (she is Potawatomi). I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author while camping and hiking in a national park. 195 talking about this. This is a statement on the hubris of western thought and how it often fails to recognize indigenous wisdom. It also greatly touches upon how humans and nature impact one another and how we should appreciate the journey that food and nature have taken to get to our tables and backyards. Braiding Sweetgrass Summary - Four Minute Books. 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