Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016 | Unabridged
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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: Old Saybrook, Conn. : Tantor Media, ℗2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781515925903
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (16 hr., 44 min.))


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Feb 16, 2021

Excellent! One of the best non-fiction books I have read (HIGHLY recommend audio version). Wall Kimmerer's weaving of natural science and traditional beliefs is brilliant as is the way she expresses it through story and metaphor. A few of the general principles - like reciprocity, maple citizenship, and the Honorable Harvest -- really shifted my paradigm in ways I feel the world needs desperately right now. "A Mother's Work" and "Collateral Damage" brought tears. 2 other books that fall into same eco paradigm shifting category: "Timefulness" by Marcia by Bjornerud and "Underland" by Robert Macfarlane.

Sep 07, 2020

nice to hear an Indigenous voice and common sense view of the world. It starts off strong however I felt it got a little lost in the beauty of motherhood and was a little too stereotyping in her striving to a poet.

Apr 01, 2020

I have to go for a walk away from my camp to get my phone's internet signal to work as I camp off this outbreak. I usually check out physical book copies but in these hard times I am glad to have downloadable options. I bugged out into the woods far from Seattle. I have read Braiding Sweetgrass before and loved it. I have story time for fireside isolation and love that. Thank you.

Feb 25, 2020

this is a beautiful book. I'd just finished The Overstory by Richard Powers and I took this title from his references. His book is incredeably relevant to our times and hers (this book) takes it to a level that is much more practical for most people. The methodology could hopefully save human life on earth. It's up to all of us.

Aug 05, 2019

One of the best books I've read on the subject of human and nature. The book could change your relationship with mother earth. Recommend it to everybody. It is beautifully written. It is so amazing and powerful that I bought a paper copy. The author is a wonderful story teller. You can learn a lot by reading the book and you can read it again and again. I listened to it 2-3 times. Hope schools teach our younger generations how to respect and protect nature.

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