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Author Visit: Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, "Braiding Sweetgrass"

This guide showcases the upcoming visit to Otterbein of Braiding Sweetgrass author Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer.

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

The cover of the book Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  The cover is plain cream with an image of some braided grass.

Book Summary

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, and as 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 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 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.

Campus Visit

Robin Wall Kimmerer will be on campus Wednesday, March 29, 2023, time TBD.  She will be talking on the topic of "The Grammar of Animacy," which is covered in her book Braiding Sweetgrass.