Braiding Sweetgrass

by

Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Robin’s mother (whose name is Patricia Wall) appears mostly in Robin’s memories of her own childhood, particularly canoe camping in the Adirondacks during the summer. There, Robin’s mother had a tradition of cleaning up their campsite when they left and gathering firewood for whoever might next arrive there. Kimmerer offers little description of her mother, but she is presented as a loving and supportive figure in Robin’s life.
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Robin’s Mother Character Timeline in Braiding Sweetgrass

The timeline below shows where the character Robin’s Mother appears in Braiding Sweetgrass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...all gifts were supposed to be specially made for the recipient. For Father’s Day, her mother would bake her father a strawberry shortcake with wild strawberries picked by Robin and her... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...father offers other names—of lakes, rivers, or mountains—when he pours out the ceremonial coffee. Kimmerer’s mother has her own offering of respect: she makes the family leave their campsite spotless and... (full context)