• Neither Wolf nor Dog

  • On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder
  • By: Kent Nerburn
  • Narrated by: Tim Connor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (321 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner - a Native American work.

The heart of the Native American experience: In this 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner, Kent Nerburn draws the listener 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. Listeners 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 audiobook is the story of two men struggling to find a common voice. 

Neither Wolf nor Dog takes listeners 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, Kent Nerburn.

“This is a sobering, humbling, cleansing, loving book, one that every American should read.” (Yoga Journal)

If you enjoyed Empire of the Summer Moon, Heart Berries, or You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, you’ll love owning and listening to Neither Wolf nor Dog by Kent Nerburn.

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Powerful

This is a story that is rich with perspectives on so many topics of the past, present, and future; it should be including in reading lists for students and adults who have been either knowingly or unknowingly deprived of this knowledge and understanding. I wish politicians and policy-makers would be required to read it.
The Audible version added a layer of understanding that I would have missed by reading alone. Well-done. Recommended.

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good read

this book was a good, real story. I can identity with all the content. I am full blooded Lakota. the information in the stories hits me at the heart. thank you

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Spell checked stories as told by Dan

First I must comment on one of the only negative reviews. Someone who mentions "white shaming" or my ancestors didnt kill or fight. It's about the land. By living on this land you must recognize you share a responsibility with the very people who destroyed this culture.

The book is very well written, and the audio book performance is outstanding. This book is the spoken words of an elder indian, merely written, spell checked and cleaned up by the author. The content could be considered sacred, as we are receiving a gift of wisdom from a man who has seen the plight of his people, over several generations. While some of what he shares is heartbreaking, he gives stories normally reserved for his people so that they can be heard, and hopefully inspire change. He speaks his mind and offers his perspective on both the present and the past. It offers an insightful understanding of the differences between our cultures.

If you bought this book with the hope's of finding some mystical power or expectations of taking some anti dotel wisdom to apply to your life.. consider that people today wish to become like the first people, or indians for a reason.. listen for those reasons.

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The Old Ways

Being a Native American myself, this book was a great representation of our elders' thoughts, mindset, insight and stories of the old ways. A good read! Makes me want to sit down and record my father's thoughts also, he's 80.

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I was left speechless....

I was expecting to be left with the looming feeling of frustration and shame with the history of our country as the book guides through its entirety. But instead my heart felt full, and understanding washed through me. What an amazing opportunity that the author can share his experience and the gift that he was givin by this elder. If you are interested in Indian history and identify as a Native American Ally it's is a no brainer must read.

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This was a perfect choice to listen to as we road tripped ourselves through North Dakota and South Dakota.

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I feel that Kent Nerburn would not approve.

Audible has ruined the experience of reading this wonderful book. At the very end of the book, the time you would close the book and think about it, audible comes in with its blurb, requesting a review, etc. I couldn’t see a place on the screen to make it stop, a place to shut it off to ponder the book that I just completed. How irritating! They really ruined it and I doubt the author would approve.

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Thankyou.

Thankyou grandpa. I see more. I have grown more. I will continue. I'll see you when I get there.

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A must read!

Very well told story on Native American views. History from a different perspective, the Natives perspective.

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Powerful

This is a book to never forget. I’ve read a lot of books in my life, and many about Indians, but none moved me like chapter 25 did, in the way that it did. The narration was the best I’ve ever heard...was that just one man? If so, he’s remarkable. Just make sure you don’t put it down half finished. That would be tragic.

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Both the book and the narrator are brilliant

The book was both moving and interesting.
It is a true story, taking the form of a real-life journey and joined, metaphorically, by the reader. The Indian Elder and the writer are exceptionally eloquent, and the other characters come to life well, too. The narrator is also outstanding, making the audiobook a good choice. In addition, it's easy to follow and always clear who is speaking yet without any feeling that the accents are put on.

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  • Helen K
  • 05-23-20

Surprising

I had no idea what to expect but Neither Wolf Nor Dog delivered so much more. A good listen it is also thought provoking, challenging ways of thinking about and understanding history, values and “modern” life. A happy chance to have stumbled across it, I’m now contemplating listening to another of Kent Nerburn’s books on Dan

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  • LaneyB
  • 07-02-20

Interesting

I found this book interesting but did not finish it. it was not what I was expecting. I sympathize with the natives in their plight and apologize for the greediness of the interlopers of the time.

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  • Philip Winter- G E M | P L U S
  • 06-04-20

Worth the read? Yes!

A simple but worthy story about a man who is tasked with translating a belief and morals from another culture. A nice recount of a man’s journey whilst out “learning “.
There’s not much I didn’t like of this tale except that I could have listened to a bit more.
This book could perhaps open one’s eyes a little bit wider than they are now.