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Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

By Robin Wall Kimmerer
12-minute read
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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass (2013) offers a profound and insightful look at the relationship between humans and Mother Earth. With the growing concerns about climate change, deforestation and the depletion of our natural resources, it is more important than ever to reevaluate how we treat the world around us. Find out how the traditional practices of Native Americans can help us make the world a better place for future generations.

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“I love the way Robin Wall Kimmerer writes about the plant world and our (lost) relationship with it. In Braiding Sweetgrass we learn about native populations’ relationship with nature and how our modern ways have broken that connection. The big theme is ‘reciprocity’ and how the natural world is there for us, but only if we also give back will it continue being there.”

– Therese, Video Producer at Blinkist

  • Environmentalists
  • Students of anthropology or botany
  • Readers who appreciate a holistic approach to science

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a writer, scientist and professor in the Environmental Sciences and Forestry Department at the State University of New York. The founder of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, she is also the author of Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses.

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