The Cook Memorial Library, along with co-sponsor Chocorua Lake Conservancy, received a program grant from New Hampshire Humanities to host a book group discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer on Tuesday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. outside behind the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth Village (indoors if raining). The discussion will be facilitated by Damian Costello, Director of Postgraduate Studies at NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community.

Adult and teen readers are invited to participate in the discussion. Copies of the book Braiding Sweetgrass may be borrowed ahead of time at the library. Register for the discussion at the library when borrowing a copy of the book, or online at Participants are also invited to a pre-discussion potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the library. 

Facilitator: Damian Costello received his Ph.D. in theological studies from the University of Dayton and specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. Costello was born and raised in Vermont and his work is informed by five years of ethnographic work on the Navajo Nation. Costello serves as the Director of Postgraduate Studies at NAIITS, an Indigenous designed and delivered ATS accredited graduate school.

This program is also part of “Wabanaki History, Ecology & Experiences,” a series of programs exploring Indigenous history and experiences in what is now called northern New England, a collaboration between the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth and the Chocorua Lake Conservancy, made possible through a generous grant from The Tamworth Foundation.

Summer Book Discussion of “Braiding Sweetgrass”
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