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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Paperback – August 11, 2015
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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. (Oct.)
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First, rest assured this is a deeply enjoyable read. Also, this is how any subjects you wish to be understood and loved are best taught: in story.
Robin has mastered storytelling. And, athough she is a relatively new weaver, she seamlessly weaves botany, ancient and modern history, humanities, ecology, linguistics and art. And this weaving is made uniquely beautiful by one long perfect strand that passes through every fiber: love.
Love translates into beauty in form and function, passion and compassion, peace and contentment, respect and gratitude, effort and sweat,
How many times have you found all those (and more) in one book? Reading this book will be an intentional step in the direction of all those things that give life it's purpose.
Robin Wall Kimmerer is an amazing writer offering wisdom teachings from the plants and native teachings presented in a story that is her life's work.
This book is a marriage of science based info and wisdom based teachings, and it is a work of art. If you love the planet and have ecology interests, you will love it. If you long for wisdom teachings, you will love it. If you appreciate great writing, you will love it.
It is eloquent, sweet, profound and humorous while opening up the eyes of her readers.
I thought of sending Trump a copy...
This book is a keeper!