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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

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Length 16 hours 44 minutes
Language English
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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.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is Distinguished Teaching Professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She also serves as founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her first book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the 2005 John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.

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Reviews

"In narrating her own audiobook, she adeptly shares the experience of encountering the natural world through both lenses. Her voice is warm and welcoming, and her discussions of how to live in the world invite us to share her feelings and opinions, rather than trying to sell us on the rightness of her thinking. It's a very effective approach, and an affecting listen." ---AudioFile Expand reviews