Author Robin Wall Kimmerer brought to life the wisdom and practices of the people groups native to North America and the upper Midwest in a virtual presentation featuring her bestselling book Braiding Sweetgrass. This event was streamed live.
In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer draws on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, demonstrating how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.
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This event took place on August 11, 2021 with a recording available until September 23, 2021.
About the Author:
Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.
This event is made possible thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.