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Kent Nerburn

Kent Nerburn is an author, sculptor, and educator who has been deeply involved in Native American issues and education. He developed and directed an award-winning oral history project on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota. In addition to being a program evaluator for the Minnesota Humanities Commission and serving on their selection board, he has served as a consultant in curriculum development for the American Indian Institute in Norman, Oklahoma, and has been a presenter before various groups, including the National Indian Education Association and the President’s blue-ribbon panel on Indian Education.

Nerburn has edited three highly acclaimed books on Native American subjects: Native American Wisdom, The Wisdom of the Native Americans, and The Soul of an Indian. Nerburn is also the author of Letters to My Son; Neither Wolf Nor Dog, winner of the Minnesota Book Award for 1995; The Wolf at Twilight; Simple Truths: Clear and Gentle Guidance on the Big Issues of Life; Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life; and Ordinary Sacred: The Simple Beauty of Everyday Life.

Kent Nerburn holds a PhD in both Theology and Art and lives with his family in northern Minnesota.

An Interview with Kent Nerburn about The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo

"On Travel": an excerpt from SIMPLE TRUTHS

Seldom does a book come along that speaks to the core issues of life with the clarity and wisdom of Kent Nerburn’s ...

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“An Old Man’s Request”: An excerpt from the 25th Anniversary edition of NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG

Against an unflinching backdrop of 1990s reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas, ...

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An Excerpt from Letters to my Son

A Father’s Wish...
I write this book as a father — not just as your father but as any father. Until you have a son of you own, you will never know what that means. You will never know the joy beyond joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a

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The Wolf at Twilight excerpt

The Wolf at Twilight
Chapter 1
“Fatback’s Dead”

The words on the slip of paper struck me like a blow.               

“Fatback’s dead.”

It was not just the news

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A Talk with Kent Nerburn, author of Ordinary Sacred

Can you tell us a little about your background?

I was born and raised near Minneapolis. Perhaps the most formative experience of my childhood was going out with my father, who worked for the Red Cross, when he went to help victims of fires and...

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