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The Seed Keeper – 4.5 stars


High quality storytelling furthers understanding of the history of Native American culture

The RCMG Book Club read and discussed The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson at the March discussion. A dozen volunteers read the book and shared their thoughts in small group discussion.

Reader Poll

  1. Enjoyable—5 out of 5 stars

  2. Educational— 4 out of 5 stars

  3. Recommended—4.5 out of 5 stars

Reader Comments

What the readers liked most about this book:

  • Minnesota-based history, including both the indigenous history and the history of Minnesota farmland

  • How the Dakota managed to save their seeds from year to year, and also the struggles of our Indigenous peoples

  • The importance of seeds and how they preserved them to travel with so the Native Americans to have food

  • The idea of revering the seeds and plants and thinking about posterity rather than profit

  • The high quality storytelling and the way Wilson interwove fact, truth, and memorable characters

  • Wholistic connection of all nature (including humans)

  • Further understanding of the history of Native American culture; very well written

  • l loved how Diane Wison was able to intertwine different generations

  • A very multi-dimensional around a very complex topic, political, spiritual, imperialism, etc.

  • I liked the human relationships. I felt most of indigenous information was repetitive after reading Braiding Sweetgrass in November

Related Material

2022 Fireside Reading Series with Diane Wilson (courtesy of St Paul Public Libraries)

Next Book Club Discussion – May 31, 2022


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