Robin Kimmerer will read from her new book, “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium.
She’ll be joined by poet Alison Hawthorne Deming for an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of OSU Spring Creek Project’s Long-Term Ecological Reflections program. The public program is free.
As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family and history that the majority of indigenous cultures consider plants and animals to be the oldest teachers. In “Braiding Sweetgrass,” Kimmerer shows how other living things — asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae and sweetgrass — offer people gifts and lessons.
Since its inception in 2003, Long-Term Ecological Reflections has hosted more than 40 writers-in-residence at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and sponsored field symposia on challenging topics such as “The Meaning of Watershed Health” and “New Metaphors for Restoration.”