Lecture: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants

November 12, 2013 at 78 pm[1h]Add to your calendar
Melva Lind Interpretive Center

Lecture: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants Melva Lind Interpretive Center

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 indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together in Braiding Sweetgrass 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 acknowledgement 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.

 

AudiencePublic
ContactShirley Mellema — 507-933-6181
CategoryLecture
SponsorEnvironmental Studies Program

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Nov 12, 2013 78 pm Add to your calendar