The Indigenous Peoples Celebration Committee would like to invite you to participate in their first Indigenous Authors Book Club! Join us on Sunday, January 29, 2023 from 4-5:30 pm for a virtual Book Club conversation. This month we will be reading and discussing Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
“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.”
To RSVP to the Book Club gathering or to request or get information on reasonable accommodations or language access, please contact Caitlin Starr email@example.com or at 617-731-2345.
Once you RSVP you will receive a confirmation email and a registration link to the virtual meeting.
Books are available for purchase at the Brookline Booksmith, as well as online at the author’s website or on Amazon. Books are also available to borrow from the Brookline Libraries; there are 6 copies specifically on hold for this Book Club at the Coolidge Corner Library under the name Goldner; you may inquire at the desk.
For more information about the Indigenous Peoples Celebration Committee, please visit https://www.brooklinema.gov/1555/Indigenous-People-Celebration-Committee
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Caitlin Starr, MPH, CDE
Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations
Town of Brookline
11 Pierce St
Brookline, MA 02445
Office Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Felina Silver Robinson
Chair, Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration Committee
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