A white author is summoned by a Lakota Elder who asks him to write a book about his perspective. After a blundering false start, he is all but kidnapped and sucked into a road trip through the heart of the contemporary Native American landscape.
Christopher Sweeney was born in an Indian Health Service (IHS) Hospital and raised in Yakima, Washington. After graduating from high school, he served a four-year enlistment in the US Marine Corps. After graduating from the University of Washington with a BA in Political Science, he fully recognized where his passions lie: the visual and performing arts. Christopher has played a variety of spirited characters on stage and co-starred in numerous independent and big studio feature films. And he’s an advocate for military veterans and their integration into the arts, devoting time and energy to various non-profits such as United States Veterans Artist Alliance and the Veteran’s Center for the Performing Arts whenever possible.
An adaptation of this 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner, Kent Nerburn draws the reader deep into the world of an Indian elder known only as Dan. It’s a world of Indian towns, white roadside cafes, and abandoned roads that swirl with the memories of the Ghost Dance and Sitting Bull. Readers meet vivid characters like Jumbo, a 400-pound mechanic, and Annie, an 80-year-old Lakota woman living in a log cabin. Threading through the book is the story of two men struggling to find a common voice. Neither Wolf nor Dog takes readers to the heart of the Native American experience. As the story unfolds, Dan speaks eloquently on the difference between land and property, the power of silence, and the selling of sacred ceremonies.
Dave Bald Eagle
Richard Ray Whitman