NE Oregon Arts

Book Group

A Gathering Place for the Arts in Wallowa County

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants,”

by Robin Wall Kimmerer





Cheryl Coughlan and Rich Wandschneider have been talking about a book reading group related to our library holdings, that is, related to the Nez Perce, to Alvin Josephy and Indian and Western History in general.

For our second book, we’ll be reading a wonderful book about indigenous wisdom and plant life. The author is the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise.”




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Meet us at Josephy or watch the live stream from home


Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. We will only have one discussion for this book. We hope to see you at the art center!




Our first book was “The Real All Americans, The Team that Changed a Game, a People, a Nation,” by Sally Jenkins. Before getting to Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Football team, the book describes the end of the Indian wars in the West and the beginnings of the boarding school system, two historically transformative events for Indian people, and I believe for all Americans.

We had three wonderful discussions, meeting at Josephy and having people chime in virtually.