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Hudson Chapter Book Club. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

September 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Kim Correro welcomes back Deb Ellis, leader of the Essex Chapter, VP of chapters and the facilitator of our most anticipated book discussion of the year, Braiding Sweetgrass. The discussion will be on Zoom and registration is now open. Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkc-GsqjIpGtV8XbYqi8tQd1zK76NyWqVo to register.

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. 

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.