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The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder, and the Light from an Ancient Sky

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A haunting dream that will not relent pulls author Kent Nerburn back into the hidden world of Native America, where dreams have meaning, animals are teachers, and the “old ones” still have powers beyond our understanding. In this moving narrative, we travel through the lands of the Lakota and the Ojibwe, where we encounter a strange little girl with an unnerving connection to the past, a forgotten asylum that history has tried to hide, and the complex, unforgettable characters we have come to know from Neither ...
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Overview


A haunting dream that will not relent pulls author Kent Nerburn back into the hidden world of Native America, where dreams have meaning, animals are teachers, and the “old ones” still have powers beyond our understanding. In this moving narrative, we travel through the lands of the Lakota and the Ojibwe, where we encounter a strange little girl with an unnerving connection to the past, a forgotten asylum that history has tried to hide, and the complex, unforgettable characters we have come to know from Neither Wolf nor Dog and The Wolf at Twilight. Part history, part mystery, part spiritual journey and teaching story, The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo is filled with the profound insight into humanity and Native American culture we have come to expect from Nerburn’s journeys. As the American Indian College Fund has stated, once you have encountered Nerburn’s stirring evocations of America’s high plains and incisive insights into the human heart, “you can never look at the world, or at people, the same way again.”
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“A touching and enlightening pursuit of spirit.”
Chris Eyre, director of Smoke Signals

"With poignant prose and a compelling story, The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo demonstrates Kent Nerburn's gift: not just to build bridges between the Native and non-Native world, but to transcend those differences with a narrative that speaks to the heart of the human experience."
Anton Treuer, executive director of the Bemidji State University American Indian Resource Center

“Simply riveting. Kent Nerburn has the very rare ability to gently and compassionately teach in a respectful way. I love this book. And so does the rest of our staff.”
Susan White, manager of Birchbark Books

Praise for Kent Nerburn's books:

“This is storytelling with a greatness of heart.”
Louise Erdrich, National Book Award winner and author of The Round House

“Offers a sensitive, insightful glimpse into a Lakota soul, a feat unattainable by most non-Native writers.”
Joseph M. Marshall III, author of The Lakota Way and The Journey of Crazy Horse

“Perhaps the most significant and insightful work on Native Americans since the writings of Vine Deloria Jr.”
Roger Jourdain, former tribal chairman of the Red Lake Ojibwe nation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608680153
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 100,591
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


A two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award, Kent Nerburn is the author of thirteen books on spirituality and Native themes, including Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce (featured on the History Channel), Simple Truths, and The Wisdom of the Native Americans. He lives in northern Minnesota.
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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    Having European ancestors and having attended public schools I l

    Having European ancestors and having attended public schools I learned very little about the reservation schools. Despite the fact I grew up
    ten miles from a reservation in North Dakota
    and attended public school with some Indians students, I didn't learn the truth about the atrocities that were inflected on Indians in the boarding schools or of the disenfranchisement and genocide inflicted on the Indian until I was an adult. If you haven't read Kent Nerburn's earlier books you should, they are written in the same easy to read style and you will know the characters we have already met. The story will make you laugh and make you cry and maybe teach you some things.

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    Posted September 30, 2014

    This is one of the best books I have read in many years, as were

    This is one of the best books I have read in many years, as were Nerburn's earlier books in this series. I highly recommend them! In fact, they should be required reading. There were horrible things were forced on the native peoples, and it was a horrible time in our history. We must never forget it and it must never happen again. Nerburn makes you laugh and cry, often over the same incident. It's hard to say I loved these books, because of the subject, but I really do love these books because of the knowledge I gained. Thank you Kent Nerburn!

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