October 24, 2018

Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder

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Join us for a film screening and book discussion of Neither Wolf Nor Dog.

The most successful non-Hollywood Native American themed film in many years, Neither Wolf Nor Dog, was released in 2017. It is based on the award-winning novel by Kent Nerburn and stars Lakota elder Dave Bald Eagle, who passed away not long ago, aged 97.

In celebration of Native American Heritage month in November, the film will be screened at PTL on November 29th at 6:30pm and the book discussed on November 30th at 11:00am. Books will be available beginning November 1st.

The film follows a Lakota elder who sucks a white author into a road trip through the Dakotas to open the author’s eyes to the elder’s experience and perspective on the world.

The film, like the novel, is not just a deeply moving, funny and thought-provoking film, but it takes the audience deep into an elder’s reality. Dave Bald Eagle’s incredible performance alone gives the film a great cultural weight. According to the filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson, during the film’s climax at Wounded Knee, the script was abandoned and Dave improvised the whole sequence as his family was closer to the massacre of 1890 than even the character he was playing. At the end of filming the scene, he told his co-star “I’ve been holding that in for 95-years.”

The theatrical trailer can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/199758739


Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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