In his book, Neither Wolf Nor Dog, Kent Nerburn tells the story of three men – two Native and one non-Native — as they journey through a world “too often hidden and too little understood, and struggle to see the world through each other’s eyes.”
The feature-length movie based on the book was filmed in South Dakota. The public will have a chance to see the film and meet the author on Friday, June 7 at the Timber Lake School Theater. The film is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT followed by discussion with Nerburn.
The late David Beautiful Bald Eagle of Cheyenne River played the part of Dan, the elder who asked Nerburn to write his story after learning about his work with students and elders in Minnesota.
“For several years I worked on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation helping students collect the memories of the tribal elders,” Nerburn said. “This changed my life and introduced me to the native spiritual traditions that have become so central to the message in my writings.”
“A Native elder once counseled me: ‘You should always teach by story, because stories lodge deep in the heart.’”
The film has received many positive reviews, including a 95% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.
Originally a sculptor, Nerburn became a writer to reach broader audiences with his work. After spending 25 years in Minnesota, he and his wife now live near Portland, OR.
A two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award, Nerburn is the author of 14 books on spiritual values and Native American themes, including Letters to My Son, Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce and Dancing with the Gods. He will deliver a keynote address at the 2019 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood, Oct. 3-6.
The free event is hosted by the Timber Lake & Area Historical Society as part of the author’s statewide book tour sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council’s One Book program.
The South Dakota Humanities Council coordinates the One Book South Dakota program, as well as the South Dakota Festival of Books and the Speakers Bureau programs. Learn more and see Nerburn’s complete schedule at sdhumanities.org.
The Timber Lake & Area Museum has a limited number of copies of Neither Wolf Nor Dog to give away as part of the promotion of Nerburn’s book tour. They are available at the museum on a first-come, first-serve basis. That book and others by Nerburn are for sale in the museum gift shop.