Braiding Sweetgrass – Indigenous Wisdom – Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants: Hold out your hands and let me lay upon them a parcel of naturally picked sweetgrass, free and streaming, as recently washed hair. Brilliant green and lustrous over, the stems are grouped with purple what’s more, white where they meet the ground.
Hold the wrap up to your nose. Discover the aroma of sugary vanilla over the fragrance of waterway water and dark earth and you comprehend its logical name: Hierochloe odorata, which means the fragrant, heavenly grass.
In our language it is called wiingaashk, the sweet-smelling hair of Mother Earth. Inhale it in and you begin to recollect things you didn’t realize you’d overlooked. A bundle of sweetgrass, bound toward the end and separated into thirds, is prepared to mesh. In twisting sweetgrass—with the goal that it is smooth, shiny, and deserving of the blessing—a specific measure of strain is required. As any young lady with tight interlaces will let you know, you need to pull a bit.
Obviously you can do it without anyone else’s help—by binds one end to a seat, or by holding it in your teeth and twisting in reverse away from yourself—yet the best route is to have another person hold the end with the goal that you pull delicately against one another, at the same time inclining in, straight on, visiting and chuckling, observing each other’s hands, one holding unfaltering while alternate moves the thin packages more than each other, each in its turn.
Connected by sweetgrass, there is correspondence between you, connected by sweetgrass, the holder as crucial as the braider. The mesh ends up better and more slender as you close as far as possible, until you’re meshing singular pieces of turf, and at that point you tie it off.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Contents of Braiding Sweetgrass – Indigenous Wisdom – Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants:
The Council of Pecans
The Gift of Strawberries
Asters and Goldenrod
Learning the Grammar of Animacy
Maple Sugar Moon
A Mother’s Work
The Consolation of Water Lilies
Allegiance to Gratitude
Epiphany in the BeansThe Three Sisters
Wisgaak Gok penagen: A Black Ash Basket
Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass
Maple Nation: A Citizenship Guide
The Honorable Harvest
In the Footsteps of Nanabozho: Becoming Indigenous to Place
The Sound of Silverbells
Sitting in a Circle
Burning Cascade Head
Putting Down Roots
Umbilicaria: The Belly Button of the World
Witness to the Rain
The Sacred and the Superfund
People of Corn, People of Light
Shkitagen: People of the Seventh Fire
Epilogue: Returning the Gift
The editors/writer of the book Braiding Sweetgrass – Indigenous Wisdom – Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants is:
Robin Wall Kimmerer
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