Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

Book - 2013 | First paperback edition
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"As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. 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. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Milkweed Editions, 2013
Edition: First paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781571313560
Characteristics: x, 390 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 23, 2020

Lovely read. Well written and interweaves different ways of knowing the world in a positive and valuable way.

Oct 21, 2020

Essays that lend depth to our understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things and a point of view based on Indigenous history and teachings giving meaning to words like gratitude, reciprocity and home. A Milkweed Editions publication.

Some of Kimmerer’s essays just took my breath away. Having spent time outdoors in both parts of New York and Oregon, settings for much of her work, I could be right in her settings with her. Hope my gardening friends pick this one up; I waited months for a library copy. Interesting that just as it came it got a shout-out from 'Vesper Flights' writer Helen MacDonald when she was interviewed for the recent Minnesota Public Radio/Star Tribune ‘Talking Volumes.’ Perfect reading for this time.

ontherideau Oct 08, 2020

Let's start with respect for the land and gratitude for every morsel we take from it.
"we perpetrate the illusion that the things we consume have just fallen off the back of Santa's sleigh, not been ripped from the earth. The illusion enables us to imagine that the only choices we have are between brands."

debwalker Sep 24, 2020

Resurging as a bestseller for this dark covidtime.

JCLMaggieS Sep 15, 2020

This book reads like home.

Sep 01, 2020

Rec by Jane Sept 2020

JCLFlanneryC Aug 03, 2020

A book that combines ecology, mythology, and observation to show how we can nurture the planet. Beginning with a challenge to rethink our potential for positive interaction & reciprocity with the Earth, Robin Wall Kimmerer brings in examples from her family, community, and Potawatomi tradition to consider ways in which we might begin to evolve our relationship into something mutual & beautiful. I would describe this book as "radically corny," that is, earnest & Utopic in a way that most of us raised in capitalist consumer societies might find frankly embarrassing (e.g. "A garden is the land's way of saying 'I love you"). However it's also very inspiring: one cannot help but be moved by Kimmerer's vision of a Congress that begins its sessions with a prayer of gratitude to Mother Earth. This is one of the few "feel-good" environmentalist texts that encourages meaningful rituals & relationships with the planet.

Jul 17, 2020

Beautifully written, this is a perspective that more people need to hear. I especially enjoyed listening to the author read the audio book. I learned so much! I'll definitely return to reread this one.

Apr 01, 2020

Beautifully articulated!

Dec 30, 2019

PPL dec 2019 staff pick.
need more plant stuff, my phyto tweep

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Apr 01, 2020

“To be native to a place we must learn to speak its language.”

rosixdosi Oct 19, 2019

“When a language dies, so much more than words are lost. Language is the dwelling place of ideas that do not exist anywhere else. It is a prism through which to see the world. Tom says that even words as basic as numbers are imbued with layers of meaning. The numbers we use to count plants in the sweetgrass meadow also recall the Creation Story. Én:ska—one. This word invokes the fall of Skywoman from the world above. All alone, én:ska, she fell toward the earth. But she was not alone, for in her womb a second life was growing. Tékeni—there were two. Skywoman gave birth to a daughter, who bore twin sons and so then there were three— áhsen. Every time the Haudenosaunee count to three in their own language, they reaffirm their bond to Creation.”

rosixdosi Oct 19, 2019

“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”

DBRL_ReginaF Apr 26, 2018

“This is really why I made my daughters learn to garden—so they would always have a mother to love them, long after I am gone.”


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Apr 05, 2020

So much ground is covered is this one book. It speaks to the poet, the scientist, the mother, the conservationist, and the friend; the list goes on and on. Read this to discover the unyielding power of generosity and how a mindful, reciprocal relationship with the earth can ACTUALLY enact positive change.


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