Date(s) - November 3, 2017 - November 5, 2017
ROBIN WALL KIMMERER, Ph.D., is a plant ecologist, writer, and State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She serves as the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Of European and Anishinaabe ancestry, Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her essays appear in Whole Terrain, Adirondack Life, Orion and several anthologies. She is the author of Gathering Moss, which was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. Her latest book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants was awarded the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.
Robin Wall Kimmerer
If plants are our teachers, what are they teaching us? And how might we become better students?
Wandering the late-autumn fields and forests of Rowe, we will explore the many gifts that the plants offer to us: foods, medicine, fiber, materials, beauty, inspiration — and lessons. Many indigenous cultures view plants as among our oldest teachers, carrying lessons on how we might live. How can we reciprocate the generous gifts of the plants? What gifts do we carry on their behalf? Braiding together indigenous and scientific knowledge, we will enjoy a weekend of plant encounters, from close observation of mosses to wide-ranging reflections on our cultural relationships with plants. The weekend includes natural history walks in meadow and forest, readings, writing, and samplings of wild plant teas as we enjoy the woodlands of early November.
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