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Summary

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a  woman, Kimmerer shows 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. In a  rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island  to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a  central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological  consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our  reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when  we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of  understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

About the Author

Robin Wall 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 Teachings 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. Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment,

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