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Reviewed in Canada on February 6, 2016
Not as good as her first book  Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses  but still a great read. In Gathering Moss, Ms. Kimmerer weaves together a series of stories around moss, adding tidbits of her aboriginal background to enhance the stories which are mostly given from a western scientific perspective. In Braiding Sweetgrass, again a series of stories, she seems to take the opposite approach, Here she focuses on the aboriginal world view, and weaves science into the stories.
I would love to have been a student in Ms. Kimmerer's university classes - she has the ability to show us there is more to nature than what we read in our other textbooks, and some of the adventures she takes her students on would be amazing.
I have only two complaints about this book - one is that as you go from chapter to chapter, the stories jump from up-state New York to west coast rain forests to the southeastern US which plays havoc with continuity. The other is that a couple of the chapters, though fascinating, do seem to drag on - I found that the chapter covering the Onondaga Lake story, in particular, really painful to get through.
For the most part, though, it was an excellent read and told me stories from an indigenous culture perspective that really opened my eyes to a whole new world view.
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