Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder

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In this 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner, Kent Nerburn draws the reader deep into the world of an Indian elder known only as Dan. It’s a world of Indian towns, white roadside cafes, and abandoned roads that swirl with the memories of the Ghost Dance and Sitting Bull. Readers meet vivid characters like Jumbo, a 400-pound mechanic, and Annie, an 80-year-old Lakota woman living in a log cabin. Threading through the book is the story of two men struggling to find a common voice. Neither Wolf nor Dog takes readers to...
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In this 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner, Kent Nerburn draws the reader deep into the world of an Indian elder known only as Dan. It’s a world of Indian towns, white roadside cafes, and abandoned roads that swirl with the memories of the Ghost Dance and Sitting Bull. Readers meet vivid characters like Jumbo, a 400-pound mechanic, and Annie, an 80-year-old Lakota woman living in a log cabin. Threading through the book is the story of two men struggling to find a common voice. Neither Wolf nor Dog takes readers to the heart of the Native American experience. As the story unfolds, Dan speaks eloquently on the difference between land and property, the power of silence, and the selling of sacred ceremonies. This edition features a new introduction by the author. “This is a sobering, humbling, cleansing, loving book, one that every American should read.” — Yoga Journal

The author of the acclaimed Letters To My Son presents a journey into the heart of Native American experience. In the tradition of Black Elk Speaks, this book records the thoughts and observations of Dan, an old Chippewa man. Dan speaks eloquently on the difference between land and property, the power of silence, and more.

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Library Journal
Non-Indian theologian and editor Nerburn attempts to "bridge the gap between the world into which I had been born and the world of a people I had grown to know and love" by narrating the fascinating toils and truths of Dan, a 78-year-old Lakota man.
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Nerburn recounts his travels with a Lakota elder whose identity he has pledged not to reveal, and the stories the old man told him. He provides a new forward to the 2001 edition. There is neither index nor bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577312338
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 335
  • Sales rank: 88,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    A must read for those interested in American Indian history

    I read <i>The Wolf at Twilight</i> first and am sorry I did. The books should be read in the order in which they were written. However, <i>Neither Wolf Nor Dog</i> stands alone as a great account of Dan's experiences and the literal torture that the Red Man has had to endure. Mr. Nerburn was afraid that he wouldn't "get the story right," but he does. I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the Chief Joseph book.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Amazing!

    A must read by all! I will pass this book on several times!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Nerburn nailed it. A beautiful book.

    I love this book because Nerburn nails the attitudes and ignorance that some white people have that we Lakota are subjected to every summer and everytime a new documentary or movie about one of our reservations comes out.
    What is great about this book is that Nerburn is honest in his writing about his own clumbsiness and ignorance but in a humorous and gentle way without being self-depricating as he slowly comes to important self and cultural realizations.
    I really liked the book, as a Lakota who has seen first hand some of the behaviors,language,cultural innapropriateness he discusses; it provided me with many a laugh,(on his behalf) and in the end I had more compassion for white ignorance. In the end, he grows as a human and thats incredible to witness.
    I'm a Nerburn fan now and strongly recommend this book and the follow up the wolf at twilight. Read it for the cultural awareness message but then apply what you learned to your own life, where ever you are.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    read this it's worth the time

    some really good points made in this book. stop, listen, think

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Brilliant and insightful

    I happened upon this book at a Native American Pow Wow with no previous exposure to the author or his works. Being an enthusiast for stories both fiction and non-fiction on the cuture I took a chance and picked it up. Whether you are interested in Native American culture or not, reading this book will give you the opportunity to consider alternative perspectives on life. Kent Nerburn draws you in with an engaging and compeling story telling style that I greatly admire. This book propelled me to become a fan and reader of additional Nerburn books. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Great Book~

    This book was amazing! I had to read for a high school class and the philosophy and ideas in it just blew me away. Yes, Dan had a lot of problems himself and he wasn't perfect, but I felt that it just added to the validity of what he was saying. In particular, the idea that leaders are not leaders because they are elected really interested me leaders are naturally made and therefore elections are not valid indications of a person's ability. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the Native American way of life and just philosophy in general!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    extremely thought provoking

    poses some extremely thought provoking ideas, many of which i thought made more sense than i could imagine, however i think it maybe sort of a contradiction..dan trusts few white people, obviously does not like them too much but however, is allowing Nerburn and white publishing companies to profit from his stories? i don't know maybe there's something else behind that that i don't know. BUT other than that, i thought the book was amazing and i think everyone in the US should read it if they know what's good for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Recommend with reservation

    Interesting from a historical point of view.
    I felt the Native American was a very angry person about his life
    He did not relay any positive thoughts about his life onto the reader.
    Many times he would twist the white mans life around to say we were trying to act like the Native American, such as by wearing their type of jewelry.
    I feel the Indian Elder was a whiner.

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