|Kimmerer became a botanist and ecologist in hopes of improving the land and human's contact with plants. As she got deeper into her studies, however, she felt something was missing and turned to her Potawatomi background to seek deeper meaning and understanding of her occupation.|
The book is divided into five sections, following her journey from somebody who views things from a purely scientific perspective to one who integrates ancient understandings into her work. The sections are appropriately named, following the sacred practice of caring for Sweetgrass: Planting Sweetgrass, Tending Sweetgrass, Picking Sweetgrass, Braiding Sweetgrass, and Burning Sweetgrass.
Kimmerer flawlessly weaves her own personal story of family, her professional occupation of teaching, and