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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Audio CD – Unabridged, July 5 2016
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- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged CD edition (July 5 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 151590590X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1515905905
- Item weight : 79 g
- Dimensions : 16.26 x 2.79 x 13.46 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #976,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What this book is not: a reference book. Honestly, I was hoping that this book would have much more detail and depth about specific plants, when to harvest and why -seeing as her book "Gathering Moss" gave beautiful content rich insight and poetic descriptions into the workings of moss as well as where to find certain species, their likes and dislikes, and curiosities surrounding unanswered questions. It is fair, however, to expect this much from her life's research (on moss) compared to such a broad range of subject matter in a book like this. Even so, I have never thought that pecan trees could be so fascinating. Nor did I expect to glean little tidbits of information about indigenous ways that would send me off searching for more of the story. In short she is a curious student of life -always seeking lessons where she can- and at the same time a natural writer & teacher. Whenever I have the occasion to recommend or share this book with a friend, I do.
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Wall Kimmerer draws on her own life experiences and her half North American Indian and half white settler ancestry. Her writing blends her academic botantical scientific learning with that of the North American indigenous way of life, knowledge and wisdom, with a capital W. She brings us fair and square to our modus operandi of live for today who cares about tomorrow, our throwaway society and our greed that can never be sated. It is clear that by comparison with our indigenous brotherhood we are absolutely the younger brother; the loafing teenager with no respect for anything their elders have to tell them, but rather thinking they know everything and they know best.
The author, rightly in my opinion, says that all of the messages that we receive, practically on a daily basis, about the destruction that we have so far wrought to our home planet do not in fact spur us into action, but rather send those that care into a frozen state of despair. Her idea is rather to take relative baby steps to try to restore landscapes local to us. She gives an example of a wrecked landscape local to her that people are gradually trying to rescue and bring back to life with some success. It is also about developing a creed of gratitude and reciprocal relationship to our environment, only taking what is needed and never more. Wall Kimmerer gives plenty of examples of how this can be done.
She is never sanctimonious and is the first to acknowledge that it is far easier to write about the correct way to live than to actually live it.
For all who care about our planet and nature and for all who wish to learn about the balanced life that the North American Indians lived before the white settlers destroyed their culture and way of being, I would highly recommend this book to you.
If I was marooned on a desert island, this would be the book I'd take. It's taught me that even if there were no other humans or animals about, I'd never need feel alone, if trees and plants were present. A great reminder that we humans have no more important a place, than any other species on this beautiful planet. I am so grateful and glad I read it.