Modern Problems and Indigenous Wisdom

Hay Festival has just finished. One of the speakers was the inspirational Robin Wall-Kimmerer, a mother, scientist, botanist, 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 her wide acclaim. In conversation with James Rebanks she drew on her expertise and experience as an indigenous woman to show how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.  Later she was interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s Start The Week programme, alongside Hugh Warwick, Hedgehog Champion and author. This programme is still available on I-player.

Ancient wisdom informs solutions to modern day problems. We learn from those who cherish the earth; from those who acknowledge their part in the world, not their dominion over it.


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Robin Wall-Kimmerer’s first book was Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses which inspired the latest project from Exeter based Art and Energy Collective, (whose award-winning previous project ‘Moths to A Flame’ was the subject of an HGN Gathering in 2021).