Braiding Sweetgrass | A Discussion
For our fourth book, we chose Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a New York Times and Washington Post bestseller and named “Best Essay Collection of the Decade” by Literary Hub.
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as 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 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 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.
We were honored to be joined by featured contributor, Linda Yamane and special guest speakers, Carla Marie Munoz, Tribal Councilwoman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe and Jana Nason, Tribal Council Woman of the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County for our virtual book club discussion in November. Check out the video of the event below or by clicking here.
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