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  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (832 ratings)

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Braiding Sweetgrass

By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
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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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Spellbinding

I’m late to the party but...this book. I started reading it but then switched to audible due to time constraints and I just wanted to keep going with it. Once I did there was no going back. Listening to it read by the author adds an extra magic to it. I was arrested, spellbound, heartbroken, filled with wonder and love and grief. So beautiful and so important. If you love the Earth, if you want to remember how we are supposed to be living on it, read this book. Even better, listen to it.

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My Green Bible

I didn't think I had time to read or listen to another book, but that was before I became spellbound by Robin's beautiful voice and felt the truth of her timeless wisdom resonate deep within my heart.

I can not recommend this book highly enough.Life will never be the same and has suddenly become far more enchanting. I feel as if I've woken from a bad insatiable dream and discovered a whole new world based on abundant reciprocity.

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Eloquently spoken, meditative story

The richness of Wall's words are spoken by her herself and so beautifully so. So many life lessons weaved amongst stories - it feels like coming home to yourself.

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Beautiful weaving of science and spirit

I loved this book. It was fascinating, compelling and inspirational. The reading by the author resonated with her insight and humanity.

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The stories we need before trusting in science.

More satisfying than TV show or movie ever. I gave it a four (not five) stars, because I found the traditional gender roles mentioned to be quite out of place and hypocritical. But everything else was just what I needed to listen to in a senseful and reasonable way. A timely story full of learning, poetry and resonance.

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Outstanding

Outstanding teaching. From the heart, honed by a sharp mind and voiced beautifully. Much gratitude for this inspirational work that brings me so lovingly and with compassion to the challenges and joy of living, and reciprocating with that which gives us life.

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Much-needed wisdom for us all.

A beautifully written and read book which everyone who cares about the Earth will want read; everyone else should read it repeatedly until the message gets through.

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A must read for the 21st century human

The most thought provoking, enlightening and essential reading for physical, emotional and spiritual survival through these rapidly and radically changing times.
Robin's voice could melt even the coldest of Windego hearts, I hope.

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Repetitive

Kept wondering if I was listening to bits twice as she repeats herself so much.
Might as well listen to Joeys wedding speech in Friends, about giving and receiving, on repeat, for a similar vibe.

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Amazing

Fantastical written and a great listen. I fell a deep connection to the topic and loved the sense of compassion combined with scientific knowledge. I’m left want to know more and a desire to study under Robin 💚

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