California Coaches Book Club
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer: Conversation Starters
Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants is a book by botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer that underlines human relationship to the natural world.
Earlier, we started to discuss Kimmerer’s knowledge and expertise throughout Braiding Sweetgrass. We barely scratched the surface and want to continue this interesting discussion.
Kimmerer talks about the traditional ecological knowledge of the Potawatomi tribe, and how this knowledge can help in shaping scientific research and knowledge. The name of the book is a metaphor referring to the fact that the stories told in the book are made up of three strands: the traditional indigenous perspective about the environment, scientific knowledge about plants, and the knowledge that plants themselves hold.
Braiding Sweetgrass was published on the 15th of October 2013 by Milkweed Editions and is the recipient of the 2014 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. It became an instant hit and appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.
Your Book Club Host: Hannah Jones
Hannah Jones, CEO of Seabright Coaching, helps creatives with ADHD to overcome executive functioning challenges, leverage their strengths, and achieve their dreams. She is also the author of the young adult novel Hero Green. Hannah served as Director of Communications on the board of California Coaches from 2018-2020 and taught high school English for 25 years. She’s thrilled about the opportunity to talk about books with friends!