I’m listening to “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer on CD.
Her voice is soothing, strong and simply mesmerizing. There is a balance of spirit and science in her words. And with the pouring rain outside this is a good time to snuggle in a comfy chair with a warm cup of tea.
Kimmerer is good company.
A Native American storyteller and a botanist, she manages to weave together both sources of knowledge with tenderness and power. She explains how the essence of ancient legends is relevant today, how there is an increasing need for ecological consciousness and the basic understanding of how all things are related.
This morning, I put in the first CD and went about doing inside chores. But very quickly, I put aside the vacuum cleaner and just listened.
I was captivated. This is one of those books I will have to buy in paperback so I can dog-ear pages and mark passages to read again and again. It’s that good.
The CD copy I will pass along as this is a book to be shared with friends. If for no other reason than wanting to be able to say, “What did you think about …”
I thank Barbara, the friend who shared it with me.
“In some Native languages the term for plants translates to ‘those who take care of us.’”
– Robin Wall Kimmerer