Synopses & Reviews
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 Nerburns journeys. As the American Indian College Fund has stated, once you have encountered Nerburns stirring evocations of Americas high plains and incisive insights into the human heart, you can never look at the world, or at people, the same way again.”
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
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 Dans 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 lands native people.
About 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.