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Hamilton Co. reading 'Braiding Sweetgrass'

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Updated: 1:55 PM

INDIAN LAKE -- Indian Lake Theater and Hamilton County libraries have chosen "Braiding Sweetgrass," by Robin Wall Kimmerer, as the next Hamilton County Reads selection.

The program brings people from every community in the central Adirondacks together through literature, film, music, and group discussion through a countywide book club model.

Kimmerer will speak at the theater Sunday, Sept. 21, about her book, "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants."

Her book was awarded the 2014 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award and has been reviewed by Jane Goodall and Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love," who said "she takes 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. She is a great teacher, and her words are a hymn of love to the world."

Kimmerer is a State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry professor, the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, and the co-founder and past president of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge section of the Ecological Society of America.

She is also an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

"We're excited to have Robin as part of our Hamilton County Reads Program, especially because part of 'Braiding Sweetgrass' was written in Blue Mountain Lake," said theater Director Danielle Shaw. "Her book is already proving popular with local book clubs and was highly recommended on North Country Public Radio's Summer Reading Call-in."

The theater will also screen the documentary film, "The Sacred Run," Sunday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each.

Organized by Native American Indian leader Dennis Banks, The Sacred Run event has taken place annually in various countries since 1978.

It began as an effort to strengthen Native culture and has grown into an international annual event. The purpose of The Sacred Run is to promote peace, to encourage respect for the earth and all life, and to share the rich cultural diversity of the human race.

Copies of "Braiding Sweetgrass" will be available for loan at all Hamilton County libraries and for purchase at Indian Lake Theater. For more information visit


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