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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Braiding Sweetgrass book

Braiding Sweetgrass book: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin wall Kimmerer this book isn’t a book on witchcraft at all.

I’m sure that if you are an avid reader or if you’re on Goodreads and you have seen this book, this book is highly popular right now, it’s been getting rave rave reviews it is so beautiful.

Braiding Sweetgrass book cover

Braiding Sweetgrass book

Braiding sweetgrass author

Let me just try to break it down, but before I do that let me read her bio and then we’ll go into it :

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potowatomi Nation. Her first book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. Her writings have appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Source: braiding sweetgrass indigenous wisdom

Braiding Sweetgrass reviews

So on the surface, which is a very surface at all, this book shares a lot of indigenous wisdom indigenous history for native peoples of the United States predominantly as well as scientific knowledge like I guess if I were to bring it together for myself it is equal parts history culture soul and spirituality and science in a way that, I’ve never seen woven before.

So what you get is a history of the native peoples and, the different challenges that they have faced with their land being removed from the land being connected to the land dealing with government dealing with oppression.

But on top of that is woven the beautiful connection and identity that’s intimately woven with identity that’s intimately woven with the land and with the trees of the land with sweet grass and harvesting and growing your own food and living and respecting what the earth provides and how what the earth provides in different places we so intimately with your own identity and your own soul practice in a way that also then brings in the science because he’s a botanist…

and so you’ve got all of this beautiful scientific information about each of the plants and trees that she speaks to that is; also at the same time being given context by the culture and the practices and how and why these things were used the way they were.

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