It was appropriate that best-selling author Robin Wall Kimmerer spoke before a large, diverse campus audience on the first day of the Teach-In, as she discussed reciprocity in terms of learning from each other and learning from the land.
Kimmerer, author of "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants," gave a presentation before a standing-room crowd in the Kirkhof Center. Another audience at the DeVos Center watched a live-stream of her presentation and heard Kimmerer's central question: What does the Earth ask of us?
"The land is our identity," said Kimmerer, an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. "The land gives us everything we need, and we need to be accountable to it. It's our pharmacy, where our wellness comes from. Plants show the strength of the Earth, we are healed by them.
"Is this the framework you learned about land?"