Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Directed by Steven Lewis Simpson
Cast: Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney, Richard Ray Whitman
Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Kent Nerburn, this funny and deeply moving film follows an author who gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder. Kent Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney), a good-hearted, white American family man and writer, receives a mysterious call from a distant Indian reservation regarding an oral history book he made with Red Lake Ojibwe reservation students in northern Minnesota. Despite misgivings, Kent travels across Americas northern plains to arrive at the bleak, poverty-stricken reservation deep in the high plains of the Dakotas. The old man, Dan (Dave Bald Eagle), who lives alone in a clapboard shack back in the hills with his only real companionshis dog, a close friend named Grover (Richard Ray Whitman) and his granddaughter, Wenonah (Roseanne Supernault)interrogates Kent as to his motives for working with Indian people. Once satisfied he is not a turquoise clad wannabe spouting Indian philosophy, Dan recounts the story of American history from the Native point of view. As the stories pour from Dan, Kents understanding of the world is turned upside down. An inanimate landscape comes alive, and a history he thought he knew is called into question.
From the Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group:
"This is an important film. It is the sense of some who have read the book and have had some related experience that it is similar to a haiku. We feel that understanding can be deepened by reading the book and by discussion. With this in mind, the Curtis Memorial Library and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick have ordered some copies of the book. Several people affiliated with Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group will be offering a short discussion after the 7pm Thursday, November 30th screening."
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Brunswick, ME 04011
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|