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Nerburn, Kent 1946-

Works: 61 works in 221 publications in 7 languages and 10,455 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Quotations  Speeches  Pictorial works  Photobooks 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Compiler
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Kent Nerburn
Neither wolf nor dog : on forgotten roads with an Indian elder by Kent Nerburn( )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Acclaimed author Kent Nerburn creates an incisive character study of a Native American elder, against the unflinching backdrop of contemporary reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas. Nerburn draws us deep into the world of this elder, identified only as Dan, as we journey to where the vast Dakota skies overtake us and the whisperings of the wind speak of ancestral voices. As this spellbinding story unfolds, Dan speaks eloquently on the power of silence, the difference between land and property, white people's urge to claim an Indian heritage, and the selling of sacred ceremonies. This is a story of fathers and sons, of the struggle for redemption after the loss of innocence, of distinct cultures on a common land. An unlikely cross between Jack Kerouac and Black Elk Speaks, Neither Wolf nor Dog is full of humor, pathos, and insight. It takes us past the myths and stereotypes to the heart of the Native American experience and in doing so reveals America in a way few of us ever see. After reading this book, you will never look at America or the American Indian in the same way again."--Publisher's website
The wolf at twilight : an Indian elder's journey through a land of ghosts and shadows by Kent Nerburn( )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A casual note left on the windshield of a car. The death of an old dog. And author Kent Nerburn unexpectedly finds himself back on the Dakota reservation where more than a decade before he traveled with the elder, Dan, whose thoughts he chronicled in the classic of Native American studies, Neither Wolf nor Dog. Now almost ninety, Dan wants Nerburn to assist in the unlikely task of burying Fatback, the old Labrador who had been Dan's closest companion during his twilight years. Though the request makes little sense, Nerburn agrees out of respect for the tribal elder. Once on the reservation, he finds that Dan's purpose runs far deeper. Dan wants Kent's assistance in finding out what happened to his little sister, Rose Bear, who disappeared from a reservation boarding school almost eighty years before. Accompanied by Dan's friend, Grover, and an odd little dog named Charles Bronson who Dan is convinced was sent to him by Fatback, the three men embark upon a journey into the hidden corners of Dan's past. Their travels take them through dusty hilltop cemeteries and ghostly abandoned boarding schools, into the dark confines of sweat lodges and the easy laughter of family compounds deep in the folds of the Dakota hills. Over it all hangs the ghost of Dan's sister, Rose Bear, and the dark truths and secrets of life in the Indian boarding schools. As her story unfolds, Dan bares his heart on subjects ranging from Indians' notion of time to the education of children and the spiritual presence of the land. The Wolf at Twilight is destined to take its place alongside Neither Wolf nor Dog as a book that will change forever the way readers look at America and her history. It will take you to places of the land and heart that few others ever see
Chief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce : the untold story of an American tragedy by Kent Nerburn( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores myths and historical facts pertaining to the life of Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph in an account that challenges beliefs about the role he played in the tribe's retreat and documents the tragic destruction of the Nez Perce way of life
Small graces : the quiet gifts of everyday life by Kent Nerburn( )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and French and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Small Graces is a journey into the sacred moments that illuminate our everyday lives. In twenty pieces, writer, sculptor, and theologian Kent Nerburn celebrates the daily rituals that reveal our deeper truths Through the exploration or simple acts. Small Graces reminds us to chart a course each day that nourishes the soul, honors the body, and engages the mind."--Jacket
Calm surrender : walking the hard road of forgiveness by Kent Nerburn( )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arguing for the need for forgiveness in a frequently unjust world, the author of Simple Truths shares the personal experiences of individuals mistreated by the modern world, who found new meaning in their lives through the difficult path to forgiveness
Letters to my son : a father's wisdom on manhood, life, and love by Kent Nerburn( )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this newly revised edition, author Kent Nerburn extends his horizons with sections on education, competition, and more. Although written from a father to a son, this eloquent collection carries timeless wisdom for us all
Native American wisdom by Kent Nerburn( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of quotations by Native Americans divided into eleven categories, including the ways of learning, the ways of living, and the ways of the white man, with historical background
Wisdom of the native Americans by Kent Nerburn( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These thought-provoking teachings from respected Native American leaders and thinkers provide a connection with the land, the environment, and the simple beauties of life
Letters to my son : reflections on becoming a man by Kent Nerburn( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author talks about the difference between manhood and maleness
Simple truths : clear & gentle guidance on the big issues in life by Kent Nerburn( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections on education and learning, work, money, possessions, giving, travel, loneliness and solitude, love, marriage, parenthood, strength, tragedy and suffering, the spiritual journey, elders, and death
The girl who sang to the buffalo : a child, an elder, and the light from an ancient sky by Kent Nerburn( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 latest 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
The hidden beauty of everyday life by Kent Nerburn( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and Dutch and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A chance encounter with a boy on a bicycle, a young girl's graduation from eighth grade - these and other small moments are the subjects of this beautifully written collection. In elegant prose, Kent Nerburn uncovers the wonder hidden just beneath the surface of everyday life, offering poignant glimpses into the grace of ordinary days." -- publisher website (October 2006)
Make me an instrument of Your peace : living in the spirit of the prayer of Saint Francis by Kent Nerburn( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents meditations on the message of St. Francis of Assissi's Canticle of the Sun, and offers reflections on each line of the poem, showing how it can help create a joyous path through life
The soul of an Indian and other writings from Ohiyesa (Charles Alexander Eastman) by Charles A Eastman( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ohiyesa, a Dakota Indian also known as Charles Alexander Eastman, was born in Minnesota in 1858. He obtained postgraduate degrees and advised U.S. presidents before returning to traditional living in native forests. This reissue contains Ohiyesa's insights on spirit, the human experience, and the white culture's impact on Native American culture
The wisdom of the great chiefs : the classic speeches of Chief Red Jacket, Chief Joseph, and Chief Seattle( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A haunting reverence : meditations on a northern land by Kent Nerburn( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Views from the reservation by John Willis( Recording )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voices in the Stones : Life Lessons from the Native Way by Kent Nerburn( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Do not begrudge the white man his presence on this land. Though he doesn't know it yet, he has come here to learn from us."--A Shoshone elder The genius of the Native Americans has always been their profound spirituality and their deep understanding of the land and its ways. For three decades, author Kent Nerburn has lived and worked among the Native American people. Voices in the Stones is a unique collection of his encounters, experiences, and reflections during that time. He takes us inside a traditional Native feast to show us how the children are taught to respect the elders. He brings us to an isolated prairie rock outcropping where a young Native man and his father show us how the power of ceremony connects the present with the ancient voices of the past. At a dusty roadside café he introduces us to an elder who remembers the time when his ancestors could talk to animals. In these and other deeply touching stories, Nerburn reveals the spiritual awareness that animates all of Native American life, and shows us how we have much to learn from one another if only we have the heart to listen
Chief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce : the untold story of an American tragedy by Kent Nerburn( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of Lewis and Clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, every bit as dramatic, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as a nation -- the 1,800-mile journey made by Chief Joseph and eight hundred Nez Perce men, women, and children from their homelands in what is now eastern Oregon through the most difficult, mountainous country in western America to the high, wintry plains of Montana. There, only forty miles from the Canadian border and freedom, Chief Joseph, convinced that the wounded and elders could go no farther, walked across the snowy battlefield, handed his rifle to the U.S. military commander who had been pursuing them, and spoke his now-famous words, "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." The story has been told many times, but never before in its entirety or with such narrative richness. Drawing on four years of research, interviews, and 20,000 miles of travel, Nerburn takes us beyond the surrender to the captives' unlikely welcome in Bismarck, North Dakota, their tragic eight-year exile in Indian Territory, and their ultimate return to the Northwest. Nerburn reveals the true, complex character of Joseph, showing how the man was transformed into a myth by a public hungry for an image of the noble Indian and how Joseph exploited the myth in order to achieve his single goal of returning his people to their homeland. Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce is far more than the story of a man and a people. It is a grand saga of a pivotal time in our nation's history. Its pages are alive with the presence of Lewis and Clark, General William Tecumseh Sherman, General George Armstrong Custer, and Sitting Bull. Its events brush against the California Gold Rush, the Civil War, the great western pioneer migration, and the building of the telegraph and the transcontinental railroad. Once you have read this groundbreaking work, you will never look at Chief Joseph, the American Indian, or our nation's westward journey in the same way again."--Publisher's website
Dancing with the gods : reflections on life and art by Kent Nerburn( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Kent Nerburn received a letter from a young woman questioning her calling to spend her life in the arts, the writer and artist was struck by how closely her questions mirrored the doubts and yearnings of his own youth. Nerburn resolved that he would write his own letter: a letter of welcome and encouragement to all artists setting out on the same strange and magical journey, sharing the wisdom of a life spent working in the arts. From struggles with money and the bitterness of rejection, to spiritual questions of inspiration and authenticity, Dancing With the Gods offers insight, solace and courage to help artists on the winding road to artistic fulfilment. Tender and joyous, it is a celebration of art's power to transform the darkest of human experience and give voice to the grandest of human hopes
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Chief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce : the untold story of an American tragedy
The wolf at twilight : an Indian elder's journey through a land of ghosts and shadowsChief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce : the untold story of an American tragedySmall graces : the quiet gifts of everyday lifeCalm surrender : walking the hard road of forgivenessLetters to my son : a father's wisdom on manhood, life, and loveNative American wisdomWisdom of the native AmericansSimple truths : clear & gentle guidance on the big issues in life
Alternative Names
Kent Nerburn author

Nerburn, Kent Michael 1946-

너번, 켄트 1946-

ナ-バ-ン, ケント 1946-

ナーバーン, ケント

ネルバーン, ケント

English (124)

German (5)

Chinese (5)

Japanese (4)

Dutch (3)

French (1)

Korean (1)