Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder Short Essay - Answer Key

Kent Nerburn
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1. Describe the landmark Nerburn came upon when riding across North Dakota on his motorcycle.

It was a three-sided historical marker that enclosed a large boulder with a plaque on it. The rock looked like a buffalo. A passerby had put broken tobacco cigarettes on it in homage to the buffalo and the Creator "Wakan Tanka." The landmark reminded Nerburn of the Lakota.

2. Why did Kent Nerburn want to write this book?

He wanted to bridge the gap between his people, the white people, and the Lakota Indians he had grown to love and respect. He wanted to show why he loved the Lakota so much.

3. Describe the telephone call Nerburn got.

Nerburn got a call from a woman with an Indian accent. She had gotten his name from his Red Road books. She told him her grandfather wanted to talk with him but he didn't like to talk on the phone. Could Nerburn come and see him on the reservation soon?

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