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

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Tues., Oct. 22, 2013 | 7 – 8:30 pm
$5 at the door, FREE for Burke members and UW students/staff

About Braiding Sweetgrass:

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants is an inspired weaving of indigenous knowledge, plant science, and personal narrative from a distinguished Native American botanist whose previous book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.

A botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer 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, the providers of the original instructions for living. 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.”

About Robin Wall Kimmerer:

The Founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, Robin Wall Kimmerer is an accomplished ecologist and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her first book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the 2005 John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. Her work has appeared in magazines and journals including Orion, BioScience, and Stone Canoe. She lives in Syracuse, N.Y., where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology.