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A decade of transforming the way readers see and live in the world

Celebrating 10 years of Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants 

Join us in celebrating the tenth anniversary of the publication of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, the book that has sold over two million copies worldwide, been translated into twenty languages, and graced the New York Times Bestseller list for the last three years. Kimmerer has moved hearts and minds around the world, reaching the nation’s most prominent changemakers and becoming one in her own right. She has addressed the United Nations and been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She also founded the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, where she continues to educate people of all ages about different ways to see and live in the world. Read on to learn more about the impact of this groundbreaking book and share your own Braiding Sweetgrass story here.  

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A moving image video set to readings of Robin Wall Kimmerer
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An animated anecdote on the Honorable Harvest (from Braiding Sweetgrass)
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An improvised dance for Braiding Sweetgrass
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A choreographed dance for Braiding Sweetgrass
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A musical collaboration with Spektral Quartet & Robin Wall Kimmerer
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A melodic, intermediate score inspired by Braiding Sweetgrass
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A tutorial on Braiding Sweetgrass
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A painting tutorial on asters and goldenrods, inspired by Braiding Sweetgrass
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Monique Gray Smith discusses designing the YA adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass
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A nature montage set to Robin Wall Kimmerer’s reading of the Honorable Harvest story
  • Art inspires art

    American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer is no stranger to the consequences of climate change, and she’s tackled the question, “Can art be part of the solution?” for the better part of five decades. Her most recent project to explore this concept, HURT EARTH, was designed to coincide with the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26), and projected the words of over forty climate activists, from Sir David Attenborough to Greta Thunberg to Milkweed Editions’ own Robin Wall Kimmerer, onto landmark buildings across the UK. In featuring Kimmerer’s visionary words, Holzer reminds us that art has as much of a place within the scientific world as transformative literature and Indigenous wisdom.

  • A great book unites nations

    Many of our favorite books at Milkweed Editions have the power to garner the attention of avid readers, earth lovers, scientists, and policy-makers alike. Braiding Sweetgrass is a prime example. Just five years after its publication, Kimmerer was called to the world stage to share her indisputable, ancestral truth on the costs of environmental degradation and the importance of gratitude and mutual flourishing. In her now-famous U.N. address, Kimmerer boldly illuminates the path forward in “the Age of the Sixth Extinction,” calling on humans to be more than consumers, to give gifts of our own to the Earth, and to claim “justice not only for ourselves, but for all of Creation.”

  • A story of new beginnings

    When the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment was founded in 2006, it was the manifestation of a long-held dream for Robin Wall Kimmerer. After decades of straddling the divide between her scientific and Indigenous communities, she longed to facilitate unity between empirical knowledge of the earth and Native wisdom on how to live peacefully within it. Thanks in no small part to the success of her book, Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer was able to fund much of the Center’s development and reach like-minded visionaries who were moved to join her mission. Today, the Center boasts a twelve-year-old flagship program and a core team of seven dedicated members who spread their expertise across three branches: collaborative research, community-led partnerships, and environmental education.  

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    Celebrate the impact of Braiding Sweetgrass with us this October and beyond!

    Braiding Sweetgrass Around the World

    Braiding Sweetgrass has inspired a Young Adult adaptation and has reached readers across the nation and around the world, in twenty-one countries—and counting.

    To date, Braiding Sweetgrass has been published in twenty languages: British English (Penguin), Catalan (Cossetania), Czech (Malvern), Chinese Complex (Azoth), Chinese Simplified (Commercial Press), Dutch (Gottmer), Estonian (Postimees), French (Hachette Pratique), German (Aufbau Verlag), Hungarian (Pallas), Italian (Mondadori), Japanese (Tsukiji Shokan), Korean (Eidos), Lithuanian (Kitos Knygos), Polish (Znak Literanova), Portuguese (Intrínseca), Russian (Eksmo), Spanish (Capitán Swing), Turkish (Can), Vietnamese (Grayhawk)

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      5 Reasons to Teach This Book—Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

      Julian Randall — 01/10/2020

      Happy new year to you and happy fortieth anniversary year to all of us here at Milkweed! This year of blog content will seek to highlight what glows about the past, present, and future here at Milkweed, and there’s no more fitting space for us to begin than with a celebration of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants!

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      As indigenous scientists and allies, we endorse the March for Science and recognize that while Western Science is a powerful approach, it is not the only one. We need to engage the power of both Western and Indigenous Science on behalf of the living earth. Let Us March not just for Science but for Sciences!

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      New Work by Robin Wall Kimmerer: “Corn Tastes Better on the Honor System”

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      Just released in the latest issue of Emergence Magazine is a new essay by Robin Wall Kimmerer, complete with an interactive experience including audio, parallax illustration, the most cosmological photos of corn you will possibly ever see in your life, stop motion animation with folded paper corn, and an interactive timeline.

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      Celebrating the decade-long impact of Braiding Sweetgrass

      Milkweed Staff — 09/20/2023

      Robin Wall Kimmerer didn’t set out to change the world—or even to become particularly famous within the canon of environmental literature, which was infamously comprised of homogeneously white voices for decades. Rather, the Indigenous ecologist-turned-author seemed to be operating like a scientist from the outset: her observations led her to understand that the world needed a change, and so she proposed an effective solution. In the face of ongoing biodiversity loss and climate change, Kimmerer observed that scientists had the tools to enact necessary change, but Indigenous communities held…

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