Indigenous Book Club: the May edition
Indigenous Education and Student Services is excited to announce the next installment of our Indigenous Book Club!
IESS strives to create a safe space in which indigenous ways of knowing and being can be discussed, sharing teachings and knowledge that bring a deeper understanding of the Indigenous and Metis people of Canada.
This month’s book is Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants By Robin Wall Kimmerer.
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).
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.
Listen to Robin Wall Kimmerer speak to Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Each month a different indigenous book by an indigenous author will be selected by the book club members.
If you enjoy reading and want to have in-depth dialogue on indigenous worldviews and perspectives featured in novels, then we would love to have you!
The e-book is available online through Royal Roads Library here:
For more information, please feel free to contact Lauren Petersen.