GWA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Monday, August 7 2017 10:45 - 12:00PM
Understanding of Plants and our relationships to them is shaped by world view and culture. Robin explores the potential complementarity between scientific and indigenous ways of knowing and highlights how indigenous philosophy and practice of plant stewardship may guide us toward sustainability solutions.
Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, botanist, writer and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She is also the founding 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. Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
Robin earned her B.S. in Botany from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and her M.S. & Ph. D in Botany from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has taught widely in the disciplines of plant ecology and botany and currently teaches courses in ethnobotany, moss ecology and indigenous issues & the environment.