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Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

By Robin Wall Kimmerer

Paperback | ISBN 9780141991955

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Braiding Sweetgrass is the solace you need in the dreariness of other science books. Robin Wall Kimmerer's writing is engaging, yet delicate as she weaves together her experiences as a Potawatomi woman, and as a scientist. Kimmerer says it best herself: this book is "a braid of stories meant to heal our relationship with the world". - Phoebe, Harry Hartog Tuggeranong

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A graceful, illuminating study of the wisdom of the natural world, from a world-renowned indigenous scientist

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 lenses of knowledge together to take us on "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).

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.

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BOOK DETAILS

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141991955
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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Width (mm): 129
Height (mm): 198
Depth (mm): 22

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