- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Milkweed Editions (October 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571313354
- ISBN-13: 978-1571313355
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 311 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
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.)
"It's rare to find a book that teaches you scientifically and also nurtures you philosophically." Hans Weyandt, Micawber Books, St. Paul, Minnesota
"A beautiful important work." Jack Hannert, Brilliant Books, Traverse City, Michigan
"Robin Wall Kimmerer is writer of rare grace." Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things
"An extraordinary book." Jane Goodall
"A great writing and beautiful work."Oren Lyons, Onodaga Nation Faithkeeper
"Beautifully written . Anyone who enjoys reading about natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love this book." Library Journal
"A mesmerizing storyteller.” Publishers Weekly
Top customer reviews
This is not usually a book whose subject matter would interest me, but the reviews intrigued me. The book sat on my "to read" shelf for a bit. Around earth day I started reading it and didn't want to put it down. Ms. Wall Kimmerer is a "mother, scientist, decorated professor, an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation & a wonderful writer/story-teller" re: " indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants"..topics also include "ecology of spirit", reciprocity, spirituality, climate change, and one of my favorites: "allegiance of gratitude.. the Thanksgiving Address", which reminded me of St Francis' "Canticle of the Creatures" and then some. Her writing transposed me to relocating with the indigenous people, crying at the way our Gov't has treated them; honoring trees & feeling how to properly make baskets, smelling the tree & plant roots and sweetgrass and seeing and listening to the beauty of this earth! She ends the preface with "..imagine a different relationship, in which people and land are good medicine for each other." She ends with: " The moral covenant of reciprocity calls us to honor our responsibilities for all we have been given, for all that we have taken.... Whatever our gift, we are called to give it and to dance for the renewal of the world. In return for the privilege of breath." Love spending time, "Braiding Sweetgrass"!