Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn


I stumbled upon this book and it became something I read every year or so. It has haunting, humbling quotes and concepts. It helps me understand, when I am out away from roads and buildings and accomplishments, why it nourishes me so much when it's only me and trees and sky and ground. It helps me think differently about how we define community, trust, promises, and growth.

"I remember one teacher telling me I needed to learn how to think. She didn't really care about my thinking. She just wanted me to talk. She thought talking meant thinking."

"Next to bravery, generosity was the most important."

"We have always been freer than the white man, even when he first came here. When you came to our shore your people wore clothes made out of chains. Our people wore nothing at all. Yet you tried to bring us freedom."

"You want to know how to be like Indians? Live close to the earth. Get rid of some of your things. Help each other. Talk to the Creator. Be quiet more. Listen to the earth instead of building things on it all the time."

"You teach your children that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. Why don't you teach them that he made you all slave-freers and that you are now his children and must uphold his honor?"

"I am sad that the Creator saw fit to destroy us to give you life... Maybe the greatest honor of all is that we as a people were able to die for the whole human race."

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