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

Written by Robin Wall Kimmerer

OPL BOOK SUMMARY:  Braiding Sweetgrass is a unique and endearing “braid” of stories about our reciprocal relationship with the planet. Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a scientist, a teacher, and a masterful storyteller. She draws on her deep indigenous heritage to bring us inspiring stories from her cultural history and her life “that can be medicine for our broken relationship with the earth.”

Sweetgrass is sacred in indigenous cultures and is considered the first plant to grow on earth. Kimmerer uses the sweetgrass and its evolution to symbolize ecological balance and as a means to weave her magnificent stories together. Flowing throughout her stories is a deep current that: 

  • Teaches us about the indigenous wisdom of living connected to Earth
  • Reminds us to bring gratitude and reciprocity into our lives and the earth
  • Calls each of us to action and restoration

Braiding Sweetgrass is an immersive experience into our connection and responsibilities with our home, earth, by one of the best storytellers of our time. 

“Whatever our gift, we are called to give it and to dance for the renewal of the world. In return for the privilege of breath.”

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