Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 1571318712

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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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, and as 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 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 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.
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Braiding Sweetgrass

Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781571313560

Category: Nature

Page: 390

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"As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness--the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural--to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen"--
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Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781571313355

Category: Nature

Page: 390

View: 9996

Explains how developing a wider ecological consciousness can foster an increased understanding of both nature's generosity and the reciprocal relationship humans have with the natural world.
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Gathering Moss

A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780870714993

Category: Nature

Page: 168

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Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses. Robin Wall Kimmerer's book is not an identification guide, nor is it a scientific treatise. Rather, it is a series of linked personal essays that will lead general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings, from salmon and hummingbirds to redwoods and rednecks. Kimmerer clearly and artfully explains the biology of mosses, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us. Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world. Gathering Moss will appeal to a wide range of readers, from bryologists to those interested in natural history and the environment, Native Americans, and contemporary nature and science writing.
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Ginkgo

The Tree That Time Forgot

Author: Peter Crane

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300190476

Category: Science

Page: 352

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DIVPerhaps the world’s most distinctive tree, ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. A living link to the age of dinosaurs, it survived the great ice ages as a relic in China, but it earned its reprieve when people first found it useful about a thousand years ago. Today ginkgo is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity. This engaging book tells the full and fascinating story of a tree that people saved from extinction—a story that offers hope for other botanical biographies that are still being written./divDIV /divDIVInspired by the historic ginkgo that has thrived in London’s Kew Gardens since the 1760s, renowned botanist Peter Crane explores the evolutionary history of the species from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence. Crane also highlights the cultural and social significance of the ginkgo: its medicinal and nutritional uses, its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration, and its importance as one of the world’s most popular street trees. Readers of this extraordinarily interesting book will be drawn to the nearest ginkgo, where they can experience firsthand the timeless beauty of the oldest tree on Earth./div
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Plants as Persons

A Philosophical Botany

Author: Matthew Hall

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438434308

Category: Philosophy

Page: 245

View: 8103

Challenges readers to reconsider the moral standing of plants.
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The Secret Teachings of Plants

The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature

Author: Stephen Harrod Buhner

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 1591430356

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 315

View: 3132

Advocates the use of an intuitive cognition in order to discover plants' medicinal and nutritional purposes, including discussions of the scientific model's limits and how, once cultivated, it can be applied to disciplines such as medicine.
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Honoring the Medicine

The Essential Guide to Native American Healing

Author: Ken Cohen

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345435133

Category: Medical

Page: 429

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An introduction to Native American medicine explores their healing traditions, philosophy, and methods, explaining how such fundamental therapies as counseling, massage, and more can be integrated with western medicine, how Native Americans understand healing therapies, and how the Native American approach can be interpreted, all from the perspective of a traditional healer. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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Original Instructions

Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future

Author: Melissa K. Nelson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1591439310

Category: Nature

Page: 384

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Indigenous leaders and other visionaries suggest solutions to today’s global crisis • Original Instructions are ancient ways of living from the heart of humanity within the heart of nature • Explores the convergence of indigenous and contemporary science and the re-indigenization of the world’s peoples • Includes authoritative indigenous voices, including John Mohawk and Winona LaDuke For millennia the world’s indigenous peoples have acted as guardians of the web of life for the next seven generations. They’ve successfully managed complex reciprocal relationships between biological and cultural diversity. Awareness of indigenous knowledge is reemerging at the eleventh hour to help avert global ecological and social collapse. Indigenous cultural wisdom shows us how to live in peace--with the earth and one another. Original Instructions evokes the rich indigenous storytelling tradition in this collection of presentations gathered from the annual Bioneers conference. It depicts how the world’s native leaders and scholars are safeguarding the original instructions, reminding us about gratitude, kinship, and a reverence for community and creation. Included are more than 20 contemporary indigenous leaders--such as Chief Oren Lyons, John Mohawk, Winona LaDuke, and John Trudell. These beautiful, wise voices remind us where hope lies.
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Brilliant Green

The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence

Author: Stefano Mancuso,Alessandra Viola

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610916042

Category: Science

Page: 184

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Are plants intelligent? Can they solve problems, communicate, and navigate their surroundings? Or are they passive, incapable of independent action or social behavior? Philosophers and scientists have pondered these questions since ancient Greece, most often concluding that plants are unthinking and inert: they are too silent, too sedentary -- just too different from us. Yet discoveries over the past fifty years have challenged these ideas, shedding new light on the extraordinary capabilities and complex interior lives of plants. In Brilliant Green, Stefano Mancuso, a leading scientist and founder of the field of plant neurobiology, presents a new paradigm in our understanding of the vegetal world. Combining a historical perspective with the latest in plant science, Mancuso argues that, due to cultural prejudices and human arrogance, we continue to underestimate plants. In fact, they process information, sleep, remember, and signal to one another -- showing that, far from passive machines, plants are intelligent and aware. Through a survey of plant capabilities from sight and touch to communication, Mancuso challenges our notion of intelligence, presenting a vision of plant life that is more sophisticated than most imagine. Plants have much to teach us, from network building to innovations in robotics and man-made materials -- but only if we understand more about how they live. Part botany lesson, part manifesto, Brilliant Green is an engaging and passionate examination of the inner workings of the plant kingdom. Financial support for the translation of this book has been provided by SEPS: Segretariato Europeo Per Le Pubblicazioni Scientifiche.
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Reclaimers

Author: Ana Maria Spagna

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295806273

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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For most of the past century, Humbug Valley, a forest-hemmed meadow sacred to the Mountain Maidu tribe, was in the grip of a utility company. Washington�s White Salmon River was saddled with a fish-obstructing, inefficient dam, and the Timbisha Shoshone Homeland was unacknowledged within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park. Until people decided to reclaim them. In Reclaimers, Ana Maria Spagna drives an aging Buick up and down the long strip of West Coast mountain ranges�the Panamints, the Sierras, the Cascades�and alongside rivers to meet the people, many of them wise women, who persevered for decades with little hope of success to make changes happen. In uncovering their heroic stories, Spagna seeks a way for herself, and for all of us, to take back and to make right in a time of unsettling ecological change.
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Bridging Cultures

Indigenous and Scientific Ways of Knowing Nature

Author: Glen Aikenhead,Herman Michell

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780132105576

Category: Education

Page: 196

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Grade level: 9, 10, 11, 12, i, s.
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The Earth's Blanket

Traditional Teachings for Sustainable Living

Author: Nancy J. Turner

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295997869

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 2049

This is a thought-provoking look at Native American stories, cultural institutions, and ways of knowing, and what they can teach us about living sustainably.
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Your Guide to Forest Bathing

Experience the Healing Power of Nature

Author: M. Amos Clifford

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 1573247383

Category: Nature

Page: 128

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Discover the Secrets of Shinrin-Yoku. Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan it is called "shinrin yoku," which translates to "forest bathing." Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. Forest bathing is a gentle, meditative practice of connecting with nature. Simply being present, with all of our senses, in a forest or other wild area, can produce mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. It is a simple, accessible antidote to our nature-starved lives and can inspire us to become advocates for healing our relationships with the more-than-human world. This book is both an invitation to take up the practice of forest bathing and an inspiration to connect with nature as a way to help heal both the planet and humanity. In A Little Book of Forest Bathing, Amos Clifford draws on four decades of wilderness experience to introduce readers to the medicine of being in the forest. Learn about the roots of the practice, the significance of the forest environment, how to deepen your relationship to nature, and how to begin a practice of your own. Practical matters and practicing in urban and suburban environments are also included. Forest Bathing in the news. . . 'Forest bathing' is latest fitness trend to hit U.S. - 'Where yoga was 30 years ago' -- The Washington Post 'Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood' -- NPR as heard on Morning Edition 'Forest Bathing': How Microdosing on Nature Can Help With Stress. The practice, long-popular in Japan, is gaining traction in the U.S. as a way of harnessing the health benefits of being outdoors. -- The Atlantic
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Aboriginal Plant Use in Canada's Northwest Boreal Forest

Author: Robin James Marles,Northern Forestry Centre (Canada)

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780660198699

Category: Science

Page: 256

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This book describes the traditional Native American uses of more than 200 plants from Northern forests. Over 100 elders contributed information that they felt should be shared with other communities. Native and non-Native students worked together to collect plant specimens and record traditional knowledge about the use of plants for medicine, handicrafts, technology, and ritual practices. Entries with photographs for each plant are arranged according to plant family and include information on physical descriptions, habitat, uses for food, technology, medicine, and potential economic use. The book also includes an explanation of the research approach, a literature review, and an overview of the ecological and cultural background of the area.
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Rainforest Medicine

Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon

Author: Jonathon Miller Weisberger

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 158394608X

Category: Medical

Page: 408

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Featuring in-depth essays on plant-based medicine and indigenous science from four different Amazonian societies, discusses the practices, legends, and wisdom of the vanishing traditions of the upper Amazon.
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Tending the Wild

Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources

Author: Kat Anderson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520248519

Category: Nature

Page: 526

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Demonstrates how Native American knowledge and uses of California's natural resources can contribute to contemporary conservation efforts, exploring the land management practices that Native Americans recall from their grandparents, such as how and when areas were burned, which plants were eaten and which were used for basketry, and how plants were tended. Original.
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The Once and Future World

Nature as It Was, as It Is, as It Could Be

Author: James Bernard MacKinnon

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054410305X

Category: Nature

Page: 232

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Defining our true role in shaping the nature around us, an award-winning ecology writer searches for places untouched by human hands and discovers, along the way, that the environmental crisis we face today has been well under way for hundreds of years. 20,000 first printing.
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Native Science

Natural Laws of Interdependence

Author: Gregory Cajete

Publisher: Clear Light Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 315

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Cajete examines the multiple levels of meaning that inform Native astronomy, cosmology, psychology, agriculture, and the healing arts. Unlike the western scientific method, native thinking does not isolate an object or phenomenon in order to understand it, but perceives it in terms of relationship. An understanding of the relationships that bind together natural forces and all forms of life has been fundamental to the ability of indigenous peoples to live for millennia in spiritual and physical harmony with the land. It is clear that the first peoples offer perspectives that can help us work toward solutions at this time of global environmental crisis.
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Sacred Instructions

Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-based Change

Author: Sherri Mitchell

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1623171954

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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A narrative of Indigenous wisdom that provides a road map for the spirit and a compass of compassion for humanity Drawing from ancestral knowledge, as well as her experience as an attorney and activist, Sherri Mitchell addresses some of the most crucial issues of our day, such as environmental protection and human rights. Sharing the gifts she has received from elders around the world, Mitchell urges us to decolonize our language and our stories. For those seeking change, this book offers a set of cultural values that will preserve our collective survival for future generations.
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