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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

September 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Joe-Pye Weed shows wide heads of purple flowers in the late summer at Canoe Meadows.
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Michael Wilcox will lead a conversation on Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

In her widely honored book, which became a New York Times best seller during the pandemic, Robin Wall Kimmerer weaves together luminous prose, science, and memorable storytelling that has changed the way her readers view the natural world.

A member of the Citizen Potawatami Nation, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Kimmerer has become a leading voice for how to integrate traditional environmental knowledge (TEK) with modern science and the wisdom contained within plants themselves.

Michael Wilcox, a retired financial services professional, autism advocate, OLLI instructor and student of Native American history, culture and language will lead this discussion. A Berkshire native, Michael knows the landscape of the Berkshires well and will bring Kimmerer’s understanding of nature to life in our local environment.

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We Are Still Here: Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast

At least an estimated 100,000 Native people lived in Massachusetts before European contact — and throughout September the Osher Institute of Lifetime Learning (OLLI) at Berkshire Community college will celebrate their stories.

Explore art shows, music performances, tours of historic sites with emphasis on connections with the Indigenous community, guided reading groups focused on books by Indigenous authors of the Northeast, and four online lectures by leading scholars.

Listen to the music of Hawk Henries, a Nipmuc flutist who makes and plays traditional Nipmuc flutes with musicians around the world, from the London Mozart Players to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Judy Dow, an artist of Abenaki and French Canadian descent, educator and activist, has had her baskets on display at the Smithsonian and her tapestries on exhibit in Europe with the UN Indigenous organization.

Abenaki, Wabanaki and Haudenosanee writers will share books and stories, and you can walk Main Street, Stockbridge, and learn about the Mohican families and European incomers who founded Stockbridge as an experiment in multicultural living in the mid-18th century.

By the Way Berkshires is a digital magazine exploring creative life and community — art and performance, food and the outdoors — and I’m writing it for you, with local voices, because I’ve gotten to know this rich part of the world as a writer and journalist, and I want to share it with you.

If you’d like to see the website grow, you can join me for a few dollars a month, enough for a cup of coffee and a cider doughnut. Members get access to extra stories and multimedia, itineraries a bookmark tool. Let me know what you're looking for, and we’ll explore together.

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September 13
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10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble St.
Lenox, MA
413-637-3353

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