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

Robin Wall Kimmerer
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25 Sep 2014
Called the work of "a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" (Publishers Weekly) and the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love," by Library Journal, Braiding Sweetgrass is poised to be a classic of nature writing. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer asks questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. 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 offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions (25 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571313567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571313560
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2.8 cm
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"Robin Wall Kimmerer is writer of rare grace. She writes about the natural world from a place of such abundant passion that one can never quite see the world the same way after having seen it through Kimmerer's eyes. She is a great teacher, and her words are a hymn of love to the world." -- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things

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Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, a scientist, a decorated professor, and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. A SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, she lives in Fabius, NY.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conversation rather than speaking about Nature 17 Dec 2013
By Sky
Kimmerer, a Native American member of the Potawatamie tribe and biology Professor,offers the reader a harmonious blend of story based on solid science and the heartfelt experience of one who has absorbed ancient native wisdom. The science aspects will amaze you and the indigenous, traditional ways of being in the world will pull at your heartstrings as Kimmerer shares the stories that reflect the moments of reciprocity between humans and other-than-human beings who know each other in ways seldom known in modern times by those of European descent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the BEST gift to give yourself!! 14 Dec 2013
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This new book by Robin Kimmerer describes our relationships to the nural world and our responsibilities to the other members of Creation. should be required reading for every secondary school student. this beautiful book illustrates a good way to walk in partnership with the plants, animals, and elements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 13 Dec 2013
By Brian Hayes - Published on
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This book weaves native american teachings with real world issues while learning about plants and our relationship to the plants and animals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a breath of sweet grass 20 April 2014
By ROBIN ni Dana - Published on
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Beautifully written, as evocative as a deep drought from a forest stream. Kimmer braids together the wisdom learned directly from trees with that learned from the books printed on them. Reading this book is like coming home to where we've always been--nestled in the heart of the Earth that cherishes us, even when we forget that.

I would give it 10 stars if I could.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book 12 April 2014
By Glenda - Published on
This is the best book I've ever read. To enjoy reading a scientific book like it is a novel is a real treat! This book has changed my life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Everyone 3 April 2014
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Beautifully written. Full of important information. Inspiring. Dr. Kimmerer has so much to tell us about the botanical world and how we can follow Native American ways of relating to plants that support our lives, in contrast with the way commerial and domestic agricultural practices are destroying civilization.
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