Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants
The 2022-2023 Buffs OneRead offers a "braid of stories" that weaves together indigenous ways of knowing, scientific knowledge, and the experiences of an Anixhinabekwe scientist. Through powerful stories and reflections, Robin Wall Kimmerer celebrates the beauty and possibility found through a reciprocal relationship between the human and natural worlds. She invites readers to see plants as their teachers rather than subjects and to celebrate the gifts of the earth.
Cover art by Milkweed Editions.
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, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. Photo by Matt Rott.