For our third meeting of the season, we will finish reading «Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants» by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
We have read the first four sections (Planting Sweetgrass, Tending Sweetgrass, Picking Sweetgrass, and Braiding Sweetgrass). In January, we'll finish the book by reading the fifth chapter (Burning Sweetgrass) as well as the Epilogue: Returning the Gift.
New members are always welcome to join us!
We meet the second Monday of every month. Location (cafe or someone's living room) will be determined on a month-by-month basis. In January, we'll be meeting at Kathy's house (address in description above).
— Information about the book, from https://milkweed.org/book/braiding-sweetgrass
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows 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 that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she 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.