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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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Gonvick LINK Site 978.0049 NER (Text) 33500011787827 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781608680177 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 1608680150 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9781608680153 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: xvi, 391 pages ; 22 cm
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  • Publisher: Novato, California : New World Library, 2013

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "In this moving finale to the trilogy that began with Neither Wolf Nor Dog, Kent Nerburn blends history, humor, and heartbreak with a gripping mystery. Once again he visits the Dakota elder Dan and joins in the quest to understand the fate of Dan's little sister, Yellow Bird, a girl with a mystical relationship to animals who disappeared into the Indian boarding school system. Delving beneath the myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes that make up so much of our understanding of Native life, Nerburn finds a world that "beats with a different and indomitable heartbeat." Readers are swept up into a great story of the awe-inspiring communion of human, animal, and nature that underlies the many things we can learn from our land's native people"--
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2013 December #1
    Nerburn is haunted by a recurring dream about Yellow Bird, the long-missing little sister of his friend, Lakota elder Dan. When he cannot shake the dream, Nerburn goes in search of Dan but first encounters others who pass along mysterious messages for Dan that will reopen memories of the loss of his beloved sister. Nerburn's timing is auspicious as Dan is near death and has taken up mentoring a four-year-old girl with an uncanny resemblance to Yellow Bird, including her spiritual gifts, communing with animals, and singing more than talking. Because whites perceive her behavior to be odd, the girl is threatened with medication or placement in a white foster home, reminiscent of earlier Indian reeducation efforts. Worried that she represents yet another case of the Indian being driven out from them, Dan and an assortment of allies (not all of them as trusting of Nerburn as he) marshal their forces to protect the girl and her connection to the spirit world. Nerburn takes up his masterful storytelling (Neither Wolf nor Dog,1994; The Wolf at Twilight,2009) to convey the longing of modern Native Americans to stay connected to their culture, the suspicion of outsiders, and the fate of one young girl caught in the balance. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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.

Subject: Dan 1913-2002
Dakota Indians Biography
Dakota philosophy
Dakota Indians Social life and customs
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
FICTION / Cultural Heritage
FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical
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