Why this book?
This is a lovingly written and indispensable archive of Native natural wisdom. Every chapter is a revelation, explaining why we need to reject an either/or mindset and embrace a both/and vision that braids analysis and emotion, utility and beauty, modern science with ancient wisdom. Kimmerer is a Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She brings these two seemingly opposed roles together in this eye-opening series of accounts of what nature and, in particular, the sweetgrass plant, can teach us about collaboration, healing, and survival, about what we really have to be thankful for.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Called the work of "a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" (Publishers Weekly) and the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love," by Library Journal, Braiding Sweetgrass is poised to be a classic of nature writing. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer asks questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take "us on a journey that is…