Gifts of the Land

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. 

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Boozhoo everyone!

It's spring ...buds are popping.

I had a dream last night about Anishinabe author Winona LaDuke and her friend David. So happy to see each other, we were going on a hike and our path was blocked by three good-sized white rabbits. I gently sway my hand to move them - nope. Winona tried and waved her arm. The bunnies wouldn't move. We all laughed. A dream like that can be interpreted we had to go another way.

I have a thing about bunnies. I told my granddaughter Cami a story before bedtime about a bunny that lived in northern Wisconsin and ate all the new flowers we planted. I tried to woosh him (or her) away, but nothing worked. I realized I share the backyard with all the wildlife, even bunny. They live here and I need to respect that. 

We had a pair of ladderback woodpeckers this spring! I have other adorable woodpeckers like Downey and Pileated but this boy was a regular at the suet. But they moved on. I did take a good photo but this is an example (above) See more HERE

I hope I hear the frogs soon, they help me sleep. It's mud season. It's beautiful!

As my friend Mary Ellen writes: Be sure to plant Milkweed in the spring. Thank you.

Thank Great Spirit for the miracle of seasons and gifts of the land. I love you all.


Wild Seed Project: Returning native plants to the Maine landscape

Closer to home, Heather McCargo, plant ecologist and founder of Wild Seed Project, talks about the beauty of native plants, and how gardeners can use them to contribute to the effort to support our world. Also check out what the Wild Seed Project has to offer.


I found two photos of Winona at the Pequot Museum I wanted to share... She's brilliant and beautiful!

 I can't recall the year but I was still editor of the Pequot Times (1999-2004)


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