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Braiding Sweetgrass: The Teachings of Plants - Arnold Arboretum - Lecture

Friday, March 23, 2018

Robin Wall Kimmerer , PhD,
Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Drawing on her life as an indigenous plant scientist, a teacher, a writer and a mother, Robin Wall Kimmerer will share ideas found in her award-winning book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, in which she shows how plantsasters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash and sweetgrass offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In traditional ecological knowledge, plants are regarded not only as persons, but as among our oldest teachers. If plants are our teachers, what are they teaching us and how can we be better students? In a rich braid of ecological science, indigenous philosophy and literary reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she explores and celebrates the material and cultural gifts of plants and our responsibilities for reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.

Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Sponsor(s): Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Time(s): 7:00-8:30pm
Cost: $20; $10 Arnold Arboretum member
Phone: 617-384-5277

Published on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
All information is subject to change.

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