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Braiding Sweetgrass – An Evening with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer
May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10 – $20
Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Muwekma Ohlone Preservation Foundation are honored to host Indigenous leader, author and scientist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer for a talk centered around the themes of her best-selling book Braiding Sweetgrass. A citizen of the Potawatomi Nation, Dr. Kimmerer writes about the intersections of traditional ecological knowledge and science, and how native traditions and scientific disciplines provide different languages through which we can interpret the world. Integrating the two can provide us with a roadmap for how people can come into relationship with and care for the land where they live, honoring the past and planning for a sustainable future.
Charlene Nijmeh, Chairwoman of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe will be the head of ceremonies and will also introduce the Muwekma Ohlone Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit whose goals include connecting with and caring for their ancestral lands in the Bay Area. A blessing and land acknowledgement will also be delivered by tribal members.
About Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer:
Dr. 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 Teachings of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett, and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.
Advisory: No children under age 5, please.