These are my favorite books I've been enjoying reading this year. Most of them are about my obsession with all things seaweed, orcas and ocean and equally fascinating areas of study; indigenous wisdom, archeology and spirit based ecology. These books have expanded my understanding of the world around me. They have nurtured and deepened a sense of awe and admiration for nature and seeing all living things as kin. I am grateful for these wise and brave authors, for sharing their wisdom and adventures that fuel my imagination and inspire me to venture out and explore.
The Underworld. Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean by Susan Casey. I cried when I finished this book. I also highly recommend "Voices in the Ocean" by the same author; "a Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins". At times very hard to read due to the accounts of the suffering inflicted on dolphins by humans.
Lost Frequency. A novel of Sound, Speed, Power and Greed by Barry Swanson. Written as a novel/thriller about the communication between orcas, their intelligence and sense of connection and the threat we as humans have posed, and continue to pose to their survival. Set in the Salish Sea.
Red Paint. The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha Lapointe. Gripping and sobering. Sasha's book weaves together the complex relationship between the traditional spiritual practices of her tribal lineage and her personal journey of reclaiming her heritage.
Spirit Bird Journey by Sarah Milledge Nelson. Archeology and fiction page turner. I cried when I came to the end of this book.
Sacred Instructions. Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change by Sherri Mitchell.
Braiding Sweetgrass. Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
The Science and Spirit of Seaweed. Discovering Food, Medicine and Purpose in the Kelp Forests of the Pacific Northwest by Amanda Swiminer.
All We Can Save. Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katherine K. Wilkinson. The chapter by Sherri Mitchell titled "Indigenous Prophecy and Mother Earth" is a must read.