The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder, and the Light from an Ancient Sky (Paperback)
Claire's Staff Pick (February 2014): In this third installment of Nerburn’s exploration of the native world with Dan, a Lakota elder, we are taken deep into the world of mystery and magic, spirit and history. We are taken into a foreign world of dreams and the interconnection of all life. This story explores the connection of a magical little girl to the gruesome “Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians” that stood from 1899-1933. We are taken into a place where “there is a deeper spiritual knowledge in this land than we know.”
Nerburn’s story took my breath away, challenged my ideas about dreams and exposed me to many beautiful teachings of the Lakota. We can all learn more from listening than from talking. I truly loved this book.— From Claire's Picks
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 Nerburn's journeys. As the American Indian College Fund has stated, once you have encountered Nerburn's stirring evocations of America's high plains and incisive insights into the human heart, you can never look at the world, or at people, the same way again.
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.