For the last ten days or so, I've been listening to Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by written and narrated by Robin Wall Kimmerer. A series of essays that combine scientific knowledge with indigenous myth and culture and examine our relationship with the earth.
I've been enjoying the essays and the soothing voice of the author/narrator. It isn't the kind of book that you read (or listen to) straight through. You listen and pause and return again later that day or the next. I've listened to about half now, an essay or two at a time as I do chores or sit and sew on the Nightmare Catchers.
Kimmerer is a scientist, but she is strongly influenced by her indigenous heritage, and the essays make me ponder the way the two, science and culture, differ. They may come to the same conclusions, but by very different paths.
In a letter from our thirteen-year-old granddaughter, she mentioned that of her summer reading, I Will Always Write Back was the book that made an impression on her. As both a reader and a letter writer, I figured this was a book I needed to read.