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Community Reads

Community Reads are partnerships between Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Office of Health Equity. Diversity & Inclusion (UHealth OHEDI).

The Book

About the Author

 Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

1:10 - 2:10 PM

Bays 3-5, Lower Level. Franci Taylor Preface + pgs. 1-59 RSVP

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

1:10 - 2:10 PM

Bays 3-5, Lower Level. Alberta Comer pgs. 60-118 RSVP

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

1:10 - 2:10 PM

Bays 3-5, Lower Level. Scott Willie pgs. 119-174 RSVP

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

12:15 - 1:15 PM

Bays 3-5, Lower Level. Kali Dale pgs. 175-240 RSVP

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

1:10 - 2:10 PM

Bays 3-5, Lower Level. Anthony Shirley pgs. 241-300 RSVP

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

1:10 - 2:10 PM

Bays 3-5, Lower Level. TBA pgs. 301-359 RSVP

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

1:10 - 2:10 PM

Bays 3-5, Lower Level. Harold Foster pgs. 360-391 RSVP

Table of Contents


Reading for June 5th:

  Preface   p. ix

  Planting Sweetgrass    

  Skywoman Falling   p. 3

  The Council of Pecans   p. 11

  The Gift of Strawberries   p. 22

  An Offering   p. 33

  Asters and Goldenrod   p. 39

  Learning the Grammar of Animacy   p. 48

Reading for June 12th:

  Tending Sweetgrass    

  Maple Sugar Moon   p. 63

  Witch Hazel   p. 72

  A Mother s Work   p. 82

  The Consolation of Water Lilies   p. 98

  Allegiance to Gratitude   p. 105

Reading for June 19th:

  Picking Sweetgrass    

  Epiphany in the Beans   p. 121

  The Three Sisters   p. 128

  Wisgaak, Gokpenagen: A Black Ash Basket   p. 141

  Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of Grass   p. 156

  Maple Nation: A Citizenship Guide   p. 167

Reading for June 26th:

  The Honorable Harvest   p. 175

  Braiding Sweetgrass    

  In the Footsteps of Nanabozho: Becoming Indigenous to Place   p. 205

  The Sound of Silverbells   p. 216

  Sitting in a Circle   p. 223

Reading for July 3rd:

  Burning Cascade Head   p. 241

  Putting Down Roots   p. 254

  Umbilicaria: The Belly Button of the World   p. 268

  Old-Growth Children   p. 277

  Witness to the Rain   p. 293

Reading for July 10th:

  Burning Sweetgrass    

  Windigo Footprints   p. 303

  The Sacred and the Super fund   p. 310

  People of Corn, People of Light   p. 341

  Collateral Damage   p. 348

Reading for July 17th:

  Shkitagen: People of the Seventh Fire   p. 360

  Defeating Windigo   p. 374

  Epilogue: Returning the Gift   p. 380

  Notes   p. 385

  Sources   p. 387

  Acknowledgments   p. 389

Additional Resources