Braiding sweetgrass : indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants / Robin Wall Kimmerer.Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2013Edition: First editionDescription: x, 390 pages ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781571313355Subject(s): Indian philosophy | Indigenous peoples -- Ecology | Philosophy of nature | Human ecology -- Philosophy | Nature -- Effect of human beings on | Human-plant relationships | Botany -- Philosophy | Kimmerer, Robin Wall | Potawatomi Indians -- Biography | Potawatomi Indians -- Social life and customs | SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies | NATURE / Essays | NATURE / Plants / GeneralDDC classification: 305.597 LOC classification: E98.P5 | K56 2013Other classification: SCI011000 | SOC021000 | NAT024000 | NAT026000
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
"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.
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.