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

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As the perpetrators of the war zone on this road, are we not bound to heal the wounds that we inflict? It happened when botanist/ecologist/professor/mother/Potawatami Native Kimmerer wrote an utterly sensible chapter about the notion that if I love the Earth, the Earth may love me back. Updated with a new introduction from Robin Wall Kimmerer, the special edition of Braiding Sweetgrass , reissued in honor of the fortieth anniversary of Milkweed Editions, celebrates the book as an object of meaning that will last the ages. The world of roads and buildings, electricity, internet, running water, music, movies, book, and human relationships outside of my immediate neighborhood. The author has a flowery, repetitive, overly polished writing style that simply did not appeal to me.

Aside from the romanticized language that Kimmerer employs to describe every aspect of her life experiences, plant knowledge, and Indigenous culture, she constantly refers to herself as a good mother. At the beginning of the year, he decides he will not touch the plot of land for a whole year--only observe it.But the book that has affected her the most, and the one she has mentioned I need to pick up every time we talk, is Braiding Sweetgrass.

In the same way that when I spent a little time with Robin, I wanted to walk behind her with a sign saying "This is the most wise and powerful person you will ever meet," because with her quiet, kind demeanor, I fear others won't listen, will look right past her like they look past the plants and animals she studies. She approaches wild leeks and asks permission to take some for the dinner she wants to cook for her daughters. It is the way she captures beauty that I love the most—the images of giant cedars and wild strawberries, a forest in the rain and a meadow of fragrant sweetgrass will stay with you long after you read the last page.Volume 2 of the Kinship series revolves around the question of place-based relations To what extent does crafting a deeper connection with the Earth's bioregions reinvigorate a sense of kinship with the place-based beings, systems, and communities that mutually shape one another? Braiding Sweetgrass blew my head apart, and along with that, decimated the carefully constructed guard walls around my heart. With deep compassion and graceful prose, botanist and professor of plant ecology Kimmerer (Gathering Moss) encourages readers to consider the ways that our lives and language weave through the natural world. Now it is my responsibility to determine what I can give to one of my species, which now includes all living as well as non-living beings.

I once knew and loved a man who lived most of his life in the city, but when he was dragged off to the ocean or the woods he seemed to enjoy it well enough--as long as he could find an internet connection.Beautifully written collection of meditations on plants, wildlife, indigenous teachings, and our relationship to the earth. Tell us why you liked or disliked the book; using examples and comparisons is a great way to do this.

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