Author Robin Wall Kimmerer reads from “Braiding Sweetgrass”

Barrington Books and Rhode Island Center for the Book invited Honorary Chair Lorén Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, for an on-line conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of 2021 Reading Across Rhode Island Adult Non-Fiction Companion Read Braiding Sweetgrass.  Click here for the 75-minute video recorded on April 7, 2022.

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.