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Braiding Sweetgrass Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as "the younger brothers of creation". As she explores these themes, she circles toward a central argument: The awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the world. Once we begin to listen for the languages of other beings, we can begin to understand the innumerable life-giving gifts the world provides us and learn to offer our thanks, our care, and our own gifts in return.

©2013 Robin Wall Kimmerer (P)2016 Tantor

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    S. Chambers USA 30/11/2016
    S. Chambers USA 30/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful collaboration of science Spirituality"

    Wonderful book and so well told by the author herself. Am excited to share with my friends and family. Thank you, Robin, for articulating so perfectly the struggles we face on these times and the loss of spirit connection to Mother Earth. I certainly am taking away some transformative ideas from this book and already conscious of the gratirude that is increasing within me for all that is given and am learning how to give back.

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  • april morris
    31/10/16
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    "Read this book!"

    More than just plants. This book is something we as a species should be proud of our gift of language. This book, I hope it makes it into the hands of people of all different types. It is so beautiful, scientific and community inspired.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kaysi12
    18/10/16
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    "Eloquent and inspirational"

    This book is so timely and yet timeless: weaving threads about native people's history with the land, science that elaborates, and personal memoir; all told in a wonderful voice. I rarely listen to an audiobook a second time, but I will absolutely listen to this again, and also give copies as gifts to friends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Turnwald
    The Woodlands, TX United States
    1/09/16
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    "Fabulous!"

    The beautiful writing and soothing narration of this book helped calm me on my hour-long commute in dense Houston traffic. But more importantly it inspired me to get back into the garden that I had forsaken after heavy Spring rains had turned it to a weedy jungle. I realize now my responsibility to care for my garden and see the reciprocal nature of my relationship to her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Lohman
    18/10/16
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    "Beautiful"
    What did you love best about Braiding Sweetgrass?

    Writing with deep scientific knowledge, balanced by profound indigenous wisdom, with this book. The author touched me more than any other in years.


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  • Gail
    1/12/16
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    "A new favorite!"

    I enjoyed the writing and Robin Kimmerer's soothing voice very much. I especially enjoyed the content. Botany, ecology, science, and motherhood are all fascinating topics. Beautiful

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  • cedar
    27/11/16
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    "Stunning and Important"

    This is a powerful telling journey into an old time tested way of being. I was gently taken by the hand in to a much deeper understanding of how earth and nature lives and works. It's fascinating and engaging and inspiring. I have better eyes to see and understand now. I highly recommend this pivotal book. Robin Kimmerer is truly a gift to us all and our planet.

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  • Marianna
    6/11/16
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    "A deep dive to the sacredness of every day life"

    I loved this book. So much more than words can express. I felt like I was coming home. To a world where there is purpose in the rhythm of life and a deep understanding of the poignant relationship we have with our earth, our mother. A wonderful blend of personal narrative, science and myth. I highly recommend this book and hope many read it. A true medicine story.

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  • Sarah D
    Virginia
    15/09/16
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    "please read.this book"

    The narration, by the author, was amazingly good. I loved the content. please read! thanks

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  • Eric Quentin Cushman
    14/11/16
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    "Beautiful Weaving of Science and Native Wisdom"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how the author used her native american heritage as a counterweight to the western scientific view that demands the observers of the land act as if thsy are not also a part of the land..
    The author's naration was effective. Listening, I getbthe sense that not only is she a grat college ecology professor but also a graet teacher of her native culture.

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