How do we relate to the land that sustains us—as a source of belonging or as a source of belongings? As the planet teeters on the brink of environmental collapse, botanist, teacher, and author Robin Wall Kimmerer urges us to consider our broken relationship to the Earth and the hard choices that lie before us by examining the history of her Potawatomi ancestors. Through cultivating the sense of respect and gratitude for nature inherent in indigenous teachings, Kimmerer invites us to reclaim that wisdom and renew our earthly relationships to restore honor in the way we live. By rejecting the notion of nature as supplier, taking only those gifts that are freely given, the power of the sun, the blowing wind and the rolling surf, we have an opportunity to model ancient pathways and create a new sustainable vision for the living world.
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