Let's just start by saying, Wow, what a fantastic read! If you find yourself in need of confirmation or inspiration to live a life less destructive, consumer-driven, or consumption-driven then this is exactly what you've been looking for. This book takes personal stories that are both tragic, and beautiful and weaves it in with thoughtful wisdom learned through Robin Wall Kimmerer's academic education, her upbringing, and her goal to educate herself about her own heritage and culture. It's a stark reminder that the history and the present (but hopefully not the future) of North America is dark and disconnected. However, that connection is not totally lost, and Braiding Sweetgrass can help you on your journey to reconnect with the natural world. As a witch that tries to live a life in harmony with that world, I felt renewed and reinvigorated to keep going and forge a deeper connection. Learning the Grammar of Animacy is hands down my favourite chapter, read it, read it again, and it'll change your point of view.