2021-22 Selection: Braiding Sweetgrass:
Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge,
and the Teachings of Plants

New in Spring 2022! Indigenous Speaker Series

We are excited to share our Indigenous Speaker Series, a new project dedicated to bringing Indigenous University of Washington faculty members working on human and planetary health and wellness, into the spotlight to share their important work in our communities and beyond. Thus far, we’ve had the honor of working with UW faculty, Dr. Charlotte Coté, Dr. Michelle Montgomery, and School of Nursing graduate student Melissa Vera.

10th Anniversary Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Indigenous Foods Symposium

May 13 & 14 2022 in-person on the UW Seattle campus. Registration for this year’s symposium is now open! This annual event draws over 300 people from the UW campus community, regional tribal and urban Indigenous communities, and throughout the U.S, Canada, Mexico, and Aotearoa New Zealand. It serves to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as Indigenous peoples strive to sustain cultural food practices and preserve healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things.

Additional Resources & Community Events 

There are so many opportunities to learn from indigenous perspectives around our campus and in the community beyond, and we’ve included some on a dedicated webpage. If you have an event or resource you would like the UW Health Sciences community to know about, please email rlazzar@uw.edu.  

About the Author

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, 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 and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. (https://www.robinwallkimmerer.com/about

Accessing the Book

The UW Library has an e-book of Braiding Sweetgrass (2013 edition) with unlimited users. For purchase, e-copies cost roughly $10 and paperback volumes cost about $20. E-copies are readily available for purchase online and we encourage you to utilize independent booksellers as much as possible.

Questions? Contact Rachel Lazzar at rlazzar@uw.edu

Each year, an open group from within the UW Health Sciences selects a Common Book that serves as a platform for students from across health professions to learn together on topics of common importance. Throughout the school year students have the opportunity to participate in a series of lectures, interactive discussions, advocacy efforts, and seminars focused on the major topic(s) of the book.

We will be updating this page with information on common book-related programming for the 2021-22 academic year. Below are events we hope you’ll check out!