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

  • 16h 44m
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2016

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.

About the Author

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her first book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. Her writings have appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Skywoman Falling
  • Chapter 2 - The Council of Pecans
  • Chapter 3 - The Gift Strawberries
  • Chapter 4 - An Offering
  • Chapter 5 - Asters and Goldenrod
  • Chapter 6 - Learning the Grammar of Animacy
  • Chapter 7 - Maple Sugar Moon
  • Chapter 8 - Witch Hazel
  • Chapter 9 - A Mother’s Work
  • Chapter 10 - The Consolation of Water Lilies
  • Chapter 11 - Allegiance to Gratitude
  • Chapter 12 - Epiphany in the Beans
  • Chapter 13 - The Three Sisters
  • Chapter 14 - Wisgaak Gok penagen: A Black Ash Basket
  • Chapter 15 - Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass
  • Chapter 16 - Maple Nation: A Citizenship Guide
  • Chapter 17 - The Honorable Harvest
  • Chapter 18 - In the Footsteps of Nanabozho: Becoming Indigenous to Place
  • Chapter 19 - The Sound of Silverbells
  • Chapter 20 - Sitting in a Circle
  • Chapter 21 - Burning Cascade Head
  • Chapter 22 - Putting Down Roots
  • Chapter 23 - Umbilicaria: The Belly Button of the World
  • Chapter 24 - Old-Growth Children
  • Chapter 25 - Witness to the Rain
  • Chapter 26 - Windigo Footprints
  • Chapter 27 - The Scared and the Superfund
  • Chapter 28 - People of Corn, People of Light
  • Chapter 29 - Collateral Damage
  • Chapter 30 - Shkitagen: People of the Seventh Fire
  • Chapter 31 - Defeating Windigo
  • Epilogue: Returning the Gift