Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants shows us how other living beings - asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass - offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.
In a rich braid of reflections, Robin Wall Kimmerer circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
"An extraordinary book, showing how the factual, objective approach to science can be enriched by the ancient knowledge of the indigenous people. It is the way she captures beauty that I love the most - the images will stay with you long after you read the last page." - Jane Goodall
"Robin Wall Kimmerer, who has written beautifully about the art of attentiveness to life at all scales examines the revelations of the garden in Braiding Sweetgrass, an unusual and richly rewarding book blending botany, Native American mythology, natural history, and philosophy" - Maria Popova, Brainpickings
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