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The wolf at twilight : an Indian elder's journey through a land of ghosts and shadows

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 DAN (Text) 33500010441889 Main In transit -
Hallock Public Library 921 DAN (Text) 35500005520208 Main Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library 921 DAN (Text) 35500005526452 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 1577315782 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9781577315780 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xix, 347 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2009.

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Summary, etc.: A casual note left on the windshield of a car. The death of an old dog. And author Kent Nerburn unexpectedly finds himself back on the Dakota reservation where more than a decade before he traveled with the elder, Dan, whose thoughts he chronicled in the classic of Native American studies, Neither Wolf nor Dog. Now almost ninety, Dan wants Nerburn to assist in the unlikely task of burying Fatback, the old Labrador who had been Dan's closest companion during his twilight years. Though the request makes little sense, Nerburn agrees out of respect for the tribal elder. Once on the reservation, he finds that Dan's purpose runs far deeper. Dan wants Kent's assistance in finding out what happened to his little sister, Rose Bear, who disappeared from a reservation boarding school almost eighty years before. Accompanied by Dan's friend, Grover, and an odd little dog named Charles Bronson who Dan is convinced was sent to him by Fatback, the three men embark upon a journey into the hidden corners of Dan's past. Their travels take them through dusty hilltop cemeteries and ghostly abandoned boarding schools, into the dark confines of sweat lodges and the easy laughter of family compounds deep in the folds of the Dakota hills. Over it all hangs the ghost of Dan's sister, Rose Bear, and the dark truths and secrets of life in the Indian boarding schools. As her story unfolds, Dan bares his heart on subjects ranging from Indians' notion of time to the education of children and the spiritual presence of the land. The Wolf at Twilight is destined to take its place alongside Neither Wolf nor Dog as a book that will change forever the way readers look at America and her history. It will take you to places of the land and heart that few others ever see.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2009 October #2
    Nerburn's fictionalized account of the actual journey of Dan, a Lakota elder, is the follow-up to Neither Wolf Nor Dog (1994). His original goal was to educate white America about the Native experience beyond the "hatchets and tomahawks and casinos and powwows" with which they were familiar. In this sequel, he treats the darker aspects of Dan's life that were left out of the earlier book—the devastating effects of Indian boarding schools on thousands of Native children. Dan contacts Nerburn, asking for help in finding his sister Yellow Bird, gone 75 years ago from a boarding school in the Dakota hills. Telling Nerburn that the schools were "places to beat the Indian out of you," Dan sadly revisits his memories of hair being washed with kerosene, children forced to eat Lava soap for not knowing their lessons, and being left outside to freeze for speaking their native language. Nerburn injects humor into the narrative via Dan's sharp-tongued friends, but nothing can soften the old man's insistence that those schools led to "the killing of the Indian heart." Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kent Nerburn is the author of twelve 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.

Subject: Dan 1913-2002
Dakota Indians Biography
Dakota philosophy
Dakota Indians Social life and customs
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