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"With deep compassion and graceful prose, botanist and professor of plant ecology Kimmerer (Gathering Moss) encourages readers to consider the ways that our lives and language weave through the natural world. A mesmerizing storyteller, she shares legends from her Potawatomi ancestors to illustrate the culture of gratitude in which we all should live. In such a culture, 'Everyone knows that gifts will follow the circle of reciprocity and flow back to you again... The grass in the ring is trodden down in a path from gratitude to reciprocity. We dance in a circle, not in a line.' Kimmerer recalls the ways that pecans became a symbol of abundance for her ancestors: 'Feeding guests around the big table recalls the trees' welcome to our ancestors when they were lonesome and tired and so far from home.' She reminds readers that 'we are showered every day with gifts, but they are not meant for us to keep... Our work and our joy is to pass along the gift and to trust that what we put into the universe will always come back.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

With incredible grace and inspiring attention to the natural world, Robin Wall Kimmerer takes readers on a a field trip through ancient forests and backyard ponds, sacred sites and urban wastelands. Plants become powerful metaphors for healing our relationship with the natural world, and guides in the process of becoming indigenous to place ourselves. Through a unique combination of science, Native American teachings, and memoir, she shows us in the most subtle of ways how plants are our indigenous teachers, ultimately revealing a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. 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. Her writing crosses boundaries between indigenous and dominant culture, between science and literature, between matter and spirit, bringing readers back into conversation with all that is green and growing--a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even if we neglected to listen.

Synopsis:

An inspired weaving of indigenous knowledge, plant science, and personal narrative from a distinguished professor of science and a Native American whose previous book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.

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.

About the Author

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, a scientist, a decorated professor, and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her first book, Gathering Moss was awarded the 2005 John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. Her writings have appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and Stone Canoe amongst many others. She lives in Fabius, NY where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and where she is also the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Table of Contents

Preface

Planting Sweetgrass

Skywoman Falling

The Pecan Grove

An Offering

The Gift of Strawberries

Asters and Goldenrod

Learning the Grammar of Animacy

Tending Sweetgrass

Maple Sugar Moon

Witch Hazel

The Water Net

The Condolence of Water Lilies

Allegiance to Gratitude

Picking Sweetgrass

Epiphany in the Beans

The Three Sisters

Wisgaak Gokpenagen: A Black Ash basket

Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass

Maple Nation: A Citizenship Guide

The Honorable Harvest

Braiding Sweetgrass

In the Footsteps of Nanabozho: Becoming Indigenous to Place

The Sound of Silverbells

Sitting in a Circle

Burning Cascade Head

Putting Down Roots

Umbilicaria: The bellybutton of the World

Old Growth Children

Witness to the Rain

Burning Sweetgrass

Windigo Footprints

The Sacred and the Superfund

Collateral Damage

People of Corn, People of Light

Shkitagen: People of the Seventh Fire

Defeating Windigo

Epilogue: Returning the Gift

Product Details

ISBN:
9781571313355
Author:
Kimmerer, Robin Wall
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Botany-General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With deep compassion and graceful prose, botanist and professor of plant ecology Kimmerer (Gathering Moss) encourages readers to consider the ways that our lives and language weave through the natural world. A mesmerizing storyteller, she shares legends from her Potawatomi ancestors to illustrate the culture of gratitude in which we all should live. In such a culture, 'Everyone knows that gifts will follow the circle of reciprocity and flow back to you again... The grass in the ring is trodden down in a path from gratitude to reciprocity. We dance in a circle, not in a line.' Kimmerer recalls the ways that pecans became a symbol of abundance for her ancestors: 'Feeding guests around the big table recalls the trees' welcome to our ancestors when they were lonesome and tired and so far from home.' She reminds readers that 'we are showered every day with gifts, but they are not meant for us to keep... Our work and our joy is to pass along the gift and to trust that what we put into the universe will always come back.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
With incredible grace and inspiring attention to the natural world, Robin Wall Kimmerer takes readers on a a field trip through ancient forests and backyard ponds, sacred sites and urban wastelands. Plants become powerful metaphors for healing our relationship with the natural world, and guides in the process of becoming indigenous to place ourselves. Through a unique combination of science, Native American teachings, and memoir, she shows us in the most subtle of ways how plants are our indigenous teachers, ultimately revealing a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. 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. Her writing crosses boundaries between indigenous and dominant culture, between science and literature, between matter and spirit, bringing readers back into conversation with all that is green and growing--a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even if we neglected to listen.

"Synopsis" by ,
An inspired weaving of indigenous knowledge, plant science, and personal narrative from a distinguished professor of science and a Native American whose previous book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.

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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