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Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Written by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
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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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A beautiful experience

A life changing read, a gift, flows like scripture.. Each chapter an award winning essay complete within itself.

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A Beautiful Story

This book intricately weaves a tale of love...love of life, love of nature and love for all creatures of the earth. I would highly recommend it to everyone. Ms. Kimmerer's knowledge of science, indigenous spirituality and her kind heart give opportunities for all to learn about the interconnectedness of all lives on this planet. Many thanks for such s beautiful story!

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Touching and Brilliant

This book has taught me so much and has made me feel so much more connected to my culture. A book everyone should read.

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wonderful, thought-provoking

I love this book so much, Robin Wall Kimmerer's way of looking at the world is all at once inspiring, humbling, and makes you grateful for all that our world has to give to us.

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Beautiful

A beautiful gift, that all who read must reciprocate with change, and following the grass path.

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A Blend of Science and Art

I write to you all from the the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, ancestral territory of the Beothuk, home to the Mi'Kmaq, Innu and Inuit people. May we always share right relationship, based in truth, reconciliation, respect honour and reciprocity.

It would take a lot for any author to replace The Alchemist as my favourite book, but Robin Wall Kimmerer has succeeded with flying colours. Braiding Sweetgrass blends perfectly together indigenous wisdom, botanical knowledge, environmentalism and poetic prose. I purchased this book in its hard-copy format and also the audiobook through audible. I was delighted that the author read her book unabridged. Through her words, I could taste berries, feel the spongy underbelly of salamanders and hear the howl of the cold hearted Windigo.

If connection, or re-connection with the Earth is what you feel you've been missing, allow Robin Wall Kimmerer to tell you a story or two. you won't regret it.

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Stunning.

This text now holds a place in my heart, my teaching practice, and in my book shelf next to Aldo Leopold. Miigwetch.

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beautifully written beautifully told

a wonderful writer, story teller and scientist. this book is a braid of Sweetgrass indeed

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A beautiful book

I’m not finished listening but am compelled to write a review now to say that I’m completely drawn into this gorgeous story. Thank you for this book. A few chapters in and it has changed the way I see everything.

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Amazing Book

This book dazzles with it’s narratives and great wisdom. If you love the natural world and seek a deeper understanding of indigenous ideas, don’t miss this one!

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  • Jessica Mayer
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 2017-01-04

Many thanks for this gift

What did you like best about this story?

This book has changed me. Robin some how wove a beautiful story out of what she has learned from her culture, from science and her own experiences. I feel wiser, more aware, saddened and empowered to take responsibility for all the gifts that we were given. She has made me feel more connected to the earth than ever and I feel a sense of purpose and gratitude after hearing her speak.

What about Robin Wall Kimmerer’s performance did you like?

Extremely unique story-telling style. She tells the truth, it's breathtaking.

If you could give Braiding Sweetgrass a new subtitle, what would it be?

Our responsibilities as people of the earth

Any additional comments?

Thank you so much Robin. I feel enlightened and humbled after hearing you. I've stepped on a new path and can never turn back, thanks to your voice.

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  • Hanifa
  • SLC, UT, United States
  • 2016-12-30

I Recommend This Book To Everyone

Would you listen to Braiding Sweetgrass again? Why?

I would definitely listen again. The words of this book are in alignment with my values and it brings me hope to know others feel as I do. It is a good reminder to practice gratitude, do more for the planet and its teachers, and to not give into despair regarding the plight of humanity and the planet.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Braiding Sweetgrass?

The author does an amazing job of setting up the concept of the Windigo and it all comes together beautifully in her story of confronting the beast.

Have you listened to any of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First performance from this author. She does an amazing job. Her voice is a little too soothing to enjoy the book in the car without the fear of falling asleep.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A journey back to gratitude.

Any additional comments?

One of the best audiobooks I have found on this site.

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  • crabapple m
  • 2016-10-31

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.

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  • Kaysi12
  • 2016-10-18

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.

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  • Brian Turnwald
  • The Woodlands, TX United States
  • 2016-09-01

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.

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  • cedar
  • 2016-11-27

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-12-12

Hands down one of the best books I have ever read!

Memoir, science, and ecological anthropology woven into pure poetry. Moving, reflective and inspiration! Incredibly crafted.

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  • Gail
  • 2016-12-01

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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  • Marianna
  • 2016-11-06

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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  • Hollis Price
  • 2017-03-31

Too Much Repetition

I believe all she says about ecology and conservation and I loved learning about sweet grass, cedars, maples, salamanders and more. However, I had to wade through the repetition of her unifying principle to get these stories. She was worse than Ayn Rand in making her point. She needs to understand that her audience is not stupid and do not need her ideas pounded into them.

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