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Braiding Sweetgrass
Contributor(s): Kimmerer, Robin Wall

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ISBN: 1571313567     ISBN-13: 9781571313560
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: November 2014
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Annotation: Explains how developing a wider ecological consciousness can foster an increased understanding of both nature's generosity and the reciprocal relationship humans have with the natural world.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Indian philosophy.
Indigenous peoples; Ecology.
Philosophy of nature.
BISAC Categories:
- Nature | Essays
Dewey: 305.897
LCCN: 2013012563
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.00" W x 1.00" (1.14 lbs) 390 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 August #3)

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." (Oct.)

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