Robin Wall Kimmerer on Indigenous Knowledge for Earth Healing

Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata)

Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata)

Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer, member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. The Center’s mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge. Dr. Kimmerer has authored numerous literary essays and scientific papers on restoration and plant ecology, as well as the award-winning books Gathering Moss, and Braiding Sweetgrass, which interweave indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.