Plants as Caretakers

David Price
4 min readJun 11, 2024
Phil Greenwood — Moon Lights.

…In her enlightening book “Braiding Sweetgrass,” author Robin Wall Kimmerer delves into the indigenous perspective on plants, shedding light on their crucial role as caretakers of humans. This indigenous worldview emphasizes a profound reverence and gratitude towards the botanical world, encapsulated in the notion of certain plants being referred to in Native languages as “those who take care of us.”

Such terminology underscores the deep-seated understanding of the interconnectedness and interdependence between humans and plants, recognizing the ways in which plants sustain and provide for human life.

By framing plants as caretakers, Native languages serve as a poignant reminder of the myriad ways in which plants nurture and support us. This outlook stands in stark contrast to the prevailing Western view that often reduces plants to mere commodities, highlighting instead the intrinsic value and agency that plants possess.

The Indigenous perspective challenges us to shift our paradigm from one of dominance and exploitation to one of stewardship and reciprocity…

Such indigenous wisdom engenders a sense of humility and gratitude, fostering a deeper connection with the natural world. It inspires a shift towards a mindset that values the mutual flourishing of all living beings, promoting harmony and sustainability. By embracing this

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David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.