KU Common Book 2020-2021: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants: Getting Started: About the Author

KU Common Book

Robin Wall Kimmerer

KU Libraries staff have created this guide as a learning and teaching tool in alliance with the 2020-2021 KU Common Book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Bodéwadmi,), a member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi Nation. Note: there are currently 574 federally recognized Tribes in the United States.

The Citizen Band Potawatomi is related to the larger group of native people who commonly refer to themselves as, Anishinaabe. This group includes the Ojibwe, Ottawa, and Potawatomi. All of whom are sovereign nations and historically share creation story, language, treaties, cultural knowledge and place (Benton-Banai, 2010).


The more something is shared, the greater its value becomes. (pg. 27)

The Gift of Strawberries (pp. 22-32)

Listen to Radio Discussions and Podcast

 CBC Radio Broadcast (2020) 

Why is the world so beautiful? An Indigenous botanist on the spirit of life in everything"

SoundCloud Podcast: The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance (2014)

The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance

 

Articles

TedxSika - Reclaiming the Honorable Harvest: Robin Wall Kimmerer (2012)

About the Author

A black and white image of author Robin Wall Kimmerer

Photo credit: Milkweed Press

Robin Wall Kimmerer 

Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, writer and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She serves as the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and the ecology of mosses. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science education for Native students, and to create new models for integration of indigenous philosophy and scientific tools on behalf of land and culture. She is engaged in programs which introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge.

She serves as the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and the ecology of mosses. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science education for Native students, and to create new models for integration of indigenous philosophy and scientific tools on behalf of land and culture. She is engaged in programs which introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge

Faculty profile from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

 

Robin Kimmerer - Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass | Bioneers

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