Braiding Sweetgrass

Published 2013
Item Details

"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.

Publisher, Date:
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2013.
1 online resource
text file
Electronic book.
Electronic reproduction. LaVergne Milkweed Editions 2013 Available via World Wide Web.
Planting Sweetgrass
Skywoman Falling
The Council of Pecans
The Gift of Strawberries
An Offering
Asters and Goldenrod
Learning the Grammar of Animacy
Tending Sweetgrass
Maple Sugar Moon
Witch Hazel
A Mother's Work
The Consolation 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 belly Button of the World
Old-Growth Children
Witness to the Rain
Burning Sweetgrass
Windigo Footprints
The Sacred and the Superfund
People of Corn, People of Light
Collateral adamage
Shkitagen: People of the Seventh Fire
Defeating Windigo
Epilogue: Returning the Gift.
More Information