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

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Robin Wall Kimmerer

16 Hours 46 Minutes

Tantor Media

July 2016

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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.

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  • Doniel H.

    Absolutely vital perspective! This woman, who’s voice we are so fortunate to hear on this audiobook, has offered a gift of understanding to all who wish to hear it. Please listen. Please share. Our whole community, who participated in this as a book club, are more enriched humans because we have read this. We are more patient parents, more peaceful and grateful stewards of our environment. Please listen. Please share

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  • Anonymous

    A lovely, warm, and evocative book about botany, Indigenous knowledge, stories, the need for reconciliation, and reciprocity with the Earth. The work provides a wonderful model of the complementarity of knowledges that Kimmerer advocates. Several friends had recommended this to me, and I will recommend it to others. It is a book that I expect to stick with me and to lead me to a shifted view of the world.

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