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Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

The World is Not an Accident. We Don't Always Get to Choose Our Parts.May. 21, 2018 UK110 Min.
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A white author is sucked into a road trip through the heart on Native American Country by a Lakota elder and his best friend forcing the author into a deep understanding of contemporary native life.

Original titleNeither Wolf Nor Dog
IMDb Rating9.0 130 votes

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  • Ray AdamsJune 26, 2016Reply

    What a blessing to have watched this movie

    Amazing movie, Went to see it today at the film festival and truly
    touching, and moving movie. Having read all three of Kent’s novels
    beginning with Neither Wolf nor Dog and Russell Means autobiography,
    this does not cover up the true pain that our fellow human beings of
    Native America have endured. The acting was out of this world and left
    me feeling emotional after the movie. I really admire how the film
    captured the true humor Native Americans have.

    Well done Steven and the team for such a touching couple of hours as I
    was transported back to the novel and to get a gasp of some of the life
    my fellow Native American have.

    Feeling yuwakape

  • LCBonitiJuly 18, 2016Reply

    Exceptional film adaptation of a very important book

    Having been a huge fan of Kent Nerburn’s book, I have been eagerly
    awaiting this film adaptation for quite some time. I admit I was
    concerned about how the message of the book would be conveyed in a film
    without being too ”preachy”. It’s one thing to read Nerburn’s beautiful
    prose coming out of the mouth of the elder, Dan, but how would that
    come across in a film?

    Well, I worried needlessly. Steven Lewis Simpson and Kent Nerburn
    collaborated to write a screenplay that, while adjusting to necessary
    film adaptation, has retained the message and the flavor of the
    original and is the beautiful, moving film I had hoped it would be.

    The acting of every single actor is superb – it really would not have
    been the same with any one of them replaced with another. In
    particular, Christopher Sweeney as Nerburn and Richard Ray Whitman as
    Grover are exceptional. Zahn McClarnon’s all-too-brief appearance is
    electric. And words are not sufficient to acclaim the work of Dave Bald
    Eagle. He is truly a treasure.

    I highly recommend this film not only because the message is one that
    needs to be heard, but also because the film itself is extremely
    well-made and showcases the beauty of the country that is South Dakota.
    Well done to all participants – you should be proud of this fine work.

  • ([email protected])July 19, 2016Reply

    Once In A Lifetime

    Finally! The film is alive! After having waited in unsettled
    anticipation, ”Neither Wolf nor Dog” is complete and the wait was far
    beyond worth it.

    From the moment we originally viewed the prospective trailer, we knew
    this project was special; after having discovered the Kickstarter
    campaign we knew we had to contribute what we could. We were being
    spoken to, from where we’re not sure. Now, we’ve had the benefit of a
    special screening of the finished movie. It’s not possible to find the
    words to express the impact on both our minds and Spirits, on our
    Beings! The story begins slowly, almost plodding, yet gradually
    intensifies to a magnificent crescendo produced by Dave Bald Eagle’s
    powerful and penetrating soliloquy so surprising in its intensity that
    it literally sweeps over you. It is at precisely that point that the
    full meaning of it all crashes down creating the intense emotions that
    only facing such truth can produce.

    The story behind ”Neither Wolf nor Dog” was expertly interpreted by all
    of the cast, the cinematography skillfully executed, the scenes and
    setting masterfully selected, the editing beyond professional. In short
    it is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences and we’ve been so
    blessed to have had a small part in its creation.

    Please see it when it comes to a theater near you. It’s a story that
    needs telling by people who deserve the recognition.

  • davidrose-15874July 24, 2016Reply

    An excellent piece of work!!!

    Steven Lewis Simpson and Kent Nerburn did a great job with creating
    this film. When I saw the Kickstarter campaign for the film I felt the
    need to back this project and support indie film makers that put their
    heart and soul into their projects. I can see from watching the film
    that Steven Lewis Simpson and Kent Nerburn did just that!!! I’m really
    impressed with how Steven Simpson captured the beautiful landscape of
    South Dokota on film. I viewed the film as a journey for the three main
    characters. Dave Bald Eagle who played Dan spoke volumes with his eyes
    and I could see that he carried a heavy burden on his shoulders. I felt
    Dan needed to unload the pent up emotions by having Christopher
    Sweeney’s character Kent Nerburn to tell his story.

  • mtnsnowaveJuly 25, 2016Reply

    Great adaptation of the book!

    I was excited to hear this book was going to be made into a movie,
    although it took quite a while to get to this point. I joined the
    Kickstarter program and help funded it, thus I was able to screen it
    along with just a few others before it’s official release.

    Simpson does a fantastic job adapting th version of the book to the big
    screen. The acting was great, and the cinematography was outstanding. I
    thought the script was very good too, but I felt it could have used a
    few more of the ‘impactful scenes’ in the book to have a touch more
    profoundness…(not that the ones in the movie don’t)… but I
    understand, there’s only so much you can take from a book and put into
    a 2 hour movie. Those are tough decisions to make, and overall.. it a
    great job was done!

    All in all, this was a great movie, especially considering the
    timeframe/budget that they had to work with. Thanks Steven for putting
    your heart and soul into this and making it happen. You did a wonderful

  • tshochAugust 9, 2016Reply

    A movie everyone should see!

    I was a part of the kickstarter campaign and was lucky enough to see an
    advance screening. Having been a huge fan of the book I was eagerly
    waiting to see this movie and it did not disappoint!

    All of the actors did a wonderful job bringing the characters in the
    book to life on the big screen! David Bald Eagle was masterful! Looking
    into his eyes you could tell he is wise beyond his years with a hint of
    mischief. No one on this planet could have played Dan except David Bald

    This movie should be required watching for every person and I highly
    recommend it!

  • Mimi SchaeferSeptember 5, 2016Reply

    Mystic and poetic, pure magic truth

    This film is based on a book by the same name; authored by the
    beautifully poetic Kent Nerburn. If you’ve never read his books, it’s a
    must if you enjoy language blessed with deep meaning. The mingling of
    Nerburn’s writing and the native perspective brings a subtle magic and
    spirituality to life. The layers of sound and silence, the mystical
    heritage and sensitive souls of the people in the books and this film
    make this viewing experience one of the richest you’ll ever feel.
    Because of the sublime transference from book to film, both quiet and
    powerful, your heart and mind will expand. The movie is true to the
    original. AND while entertaining, the best feature of this film is the
    message. There’s a valuable and not-so-hidden message which exposes a
    point of view seldom revealed. Neither Wolf Nor Dog is a cultural gem
    that everyone can relate to. The film adds important punctuation to
    American language in that diversity of thought, speech and act can
    crossover the borders of tribal lands and make a place in all our daily
    lives through increased awareness and sensitivity to the knowledge and
    experience of our oldest people. Cherish this film. Watch it over and
    over again. Share it. Read Nerburn’s other books as they are purity and
    magic together.

  • mccoyj-60438September 5, 2016Reply

    Poignant Adaption – Neither Wolf Nor Dog

    I’ve watched the movie more than once. It is a powerful adaptation of
    the book(s) and carries the mood of the old ways, the traditions of the
    elders and the history we all share with Indigenous Peoples. I loved
    the pace and feel of the movie, the landscapes are as beautiful as I
    remember them. Life on the Reservation and the beautiful Black Hills
    are captured here. The powerful historical ”Wounded Knee” is presented
    in all of it’s poignant significance. I highly recommend the books and
    this powerful adaptation. All of the actors and Steven Lewis Simpson
    adeptly portrayed the vision that Kent Nerburn shared in his eloquent

    Beautifully done!

  • kerry-vincentSeptember 5, 2016Reply

    Neither Wolf Nor Dog – Excellent Film, Excellent Book

    Director Steven Lewis Simpson respectfully, lovingly, carefully created
    a film that stays true to Kent Nerburn’s book, but is also its own
    amazing creation. The perfect cast, particularly Dave Bald Eagle, who
    brings the Native elder Dan to life, with his sense of humor, and his
    tears for his people, with balance and grace, never becoming maudlin,
    but never shying away from the truth either.

    Seeing the film I felt like I had a true glimpse of present day Native
    life, and another glance at what America has lost.

    This is a remarkable film, especially knowing it was shot in just a few
    days on a threadbare shoestring budget with a handful of actors and
    crew – and yet every minute is so meaningful and alive.

    The message that we can still help one another and work together to
    provide a beautiful world for our children’s children has never been
    more needed….thank you to all involved for the reminder, which could
    save our lives and our planet, ”We are all connected”.

  • Everett Hornbostel (everetthornbostel)November 10, 2016Reply

    Captures the essence and spirit of the book

    The book was recommended to me several years ago and I devoured every
    word. Words cannot begin to express the feelings and thoughts that
    engulfed me throughout this film. It is an excellent representation of
    the book. Of course it doesn’t portray the entirety of the book, that
    would take far too long. The spirit of Dan’s teachings from the book is
    definitely felt in this film adaptation. The emotion that is shown in
    the film doesn’t feel like acting. I cannot imagine a better adaptation
    of a book. It is a slow moving film, but I don’t think the purpose is
    to provide an action packed entertainment opportunity. The book
    certainly isn’t. To wrap this rambling up, this film most certainly
    captures the essence and spirit of the book.

  • jessiedarrettNovember 13, 2016Reply

    Prepare the dive into realities true fight within

    Wonderful, film. With a lesson for all to learn from. The tragedy
    continues, and Thankfully the late Dave Bald Eagle, was the star. His
    way of teaching me, that each culture has a way of morning the ills of
    our past. I’m grateful, this film was shown in the IFFMH.

    The movie I hope helps this personally imprisoned by history, and use
    the strength and ways of ”the Old Man” to continue the true fight with
    in us all.

    Time is running those who lived through the atrocities of our history
    are trying to strengthen the youth of tomorrow. Watch this movie with
    an open heart and make the journey through the one hearts pain in
    Lakota land.

  • polson-13December 1, 2016Reply

    A poignant tale brightened by sparks of humor

    I had the opportunity to see this film at a special showing this
    summer. I was floored. You can’t watch this unvarnished, real-life tale
    without being moved. The overriding theme is how can two quite
    different cultures learn, first of all, to listen to each other and
    then move towards empathy and true communication. Sometimes painful,
    sometimes angering, often wryly humorous, ”Neither Wolf Nor Dog” should
    be required viewing – by whites, not as a guilt trip but as a
    revelation, and by Native Americans, as evidence that their white
    brothers and sisters can, at least, begin to understand. See. This.

  • veeandjamesJanuary 23, 2017Reply

    Awesome Movie

    This was an awesome movie, it captured the essence of life on Pine
    Ridge. This was a story you can learn something from, no matter what
    walk of life you are from. It brings back Native Americans back as real
    in depth characters instead of the crap we have been seeing on main
    stream movies for years. If you are not native, it will introduce you
    to problems today’s Native people face and troubles they still face
    such as poverty, ignorance, and the US Government. Definitely up there
    with other great Native American movies. It was also great to see a
    Lakota Elder tell his story before he left us, his performance cannot
    be properly put into words. I have family on the Rez and watching this
    movie felt like being back there, from the landscape to the

  • michael_bensonJanuary 27, 2017Reply

    A peek inside of true life

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • leovankintsJanuary 27, 2017Reply

    Low budget, high quality – Great movie

    It is unbelievable what Steven Lewis Simpson and his actors achieved.
    Such a small budget, such a small crew and what a magnificent film. It
    is a film for people who want to learn more about the life of Native
    Americans. Not about the stereotypical history – warriors whit war
    bonnets, tomahawks and peace pipes – but about normal daily life, the
    struggle to survive, the anger, the questions and so on. Kent Nerburn,
    the author of the book ‘Neither Wolf nor Dog’, is asked by an old
    Indian – Dan – to write his life story. From that moment Kent finds
    himself in a different world. He is taken by Dan and his friend Grover
    on a road trip on which Kent learns a lot about the way Indian people
    think and act. It is not only a serious movie, there also is a lot of
    humor in it. If you read the book, you will recognize a lot in it, if
    not sit back, relax and enjoy. You will love it.

  • prplerainFebruary 5, 2017Reply

    A wonderful insightful movie

    Neither Wolf Nor Dog is a story of a white man who is sort of
    reluctantly recruited to help an old Native American man write a book.
    But it’s really about so much more than that.

    I was a bit worried this might be another ”white savior” film about
    Native Americans but rest assured it is anything but!

    The way that reservation life is depicted, and the cluelessness the
    white man has about that culture, really gives a levity to the story.
    As a non-savior white person who used to work on a reservation I
    thought the filmmaker really nailed the tempo and rhythms of res life.

    But just when you are sort of rolling along being amused by the white
    man fish-out-of-water the movie reveals its purpose and it is profound
    and moving. I really recommend watching this. Especially if you are

  • joylynnfoxFebruary 6, 2017Reply

    Poignant Story of Strength and Wisdom

    After waiting since the beginning of filming on Pine Ridge, I received
    my copy as a backer of the film. Long anticipated, Neither Wolf Nor Dog
    written by Kent Nerburn, was a respectful and authentic work of art on
    film. True history brought to life by Dan, played by Dave Bald Eagle.
    Nerburn’s character by Christopher Sweeney, accurately portrayed the
    uninformed white man’s way of thinking. Films and books like these will
    inform us, so that we are able to understand the traumas that were
    inflicted upon Native people. Never again should we repeat abuse or
    atrocities like boarding schools and Wounded Knee. Much respect for
    Steven Lewis Simpson, the cast and crew that brought true history

  • KellyD6317February 6, 2017Reply

    My New Favorite Film

    I just saw this movie last night and like a lot of people it touched me
    in ways I never expected. Everyone in the film seems to be a natural
    for the character they play. The scenery is beyond beautiful and it
    also makes the film more real. At times I really felt like I was back
    on the prairie myself. The most meaningful thing for me about it was
    how genuine it all was. From the relationships among the characters to
    the way the story tells the truth about U.S. history. There are lot’s
    of lessons to be learned from this movie. Chief Dave Bald Eagle’s
    performance alone makes it a treasure. His humor and magnetism shine
    throughout. How lucky we are to always have that.

  • BuffySyd35February 16, 2017Reply

    Wonderful movie!

    I heard from two dear friends about the Kickstarter to get this movie
    made and the rest is history, as they say. I received my Blu-ray of the
    movie a few weeks ago and was finally able to sit down and watch it. It
    is a wonderful film that compliments the wonderful book. If you liked
    the book at all this is a must watch!

    It starts off slowly, but that is to be expected and in doing so the
    film draws you into the world subtly. This is the second movie I have
    watched in the last several months that made me feel like I was
    watching a documentary more than a movie (the other movie was Loving).
    Everything felt so real! I felt like a fly on the wall simply watching
    Dan, Grover, and Nerburn. They felt like real people and not actors.
    The music, cinematography, use of sound, all of it coalesced to create
    this real world. It almost seemed like if I talked they would all be
    able to hear me.

    I love movies and have several that engross me every time I watch, but
    only a select few (this and Loving) have hit me with how subtle and yet
    how very real they were. Watching this made the book come to life in a
    truly real way and it was wonderful. The slow pace worked perfectly as,
    like the book, you want to soak it all in and really hear and absorb
    what is going on and being talked about. Just like the book it leaves a
    lasting impression that ripples far beyond the end credits.

  • bondom-163-503490February 19, 2017Reply

    Spoiler alert

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Shyam V. YadavFebruary 22, 2017Reply

    As Good As It Gets


    That’s what exudes from this film.

    It’s a movie told with love and you can see all the hard work and
    passion because it’s right up there on the screen.

    The novel, Neither Wolf Nor Dog, is one of my favorite books. Not only
    did I enjoy the story but I GREW from the story. It opened me up in
    ways that few pieces of literature have ever done before.

    And this film is no different.

    It the perfect accompaniment to the novel.

    Because it gets right what so many adaptations get wrong – it matches
    the novel’s heart rather than duplicate its story.

    I honestly can’t see how this film could be any better.

    Go see it. Watch yourself grow too.

  • Katie CarterFebruary 26, 2017Reply

    Beautiful and honest film about whites, indians, American history and humanity.

    Neither Wolf Nor Dog was published back in the early 1990s. I’m still
    moved by the experience of watching it go from page form to film form
    two nights ago. It was perfect. I found myself frozen in my seat
    through the credits with my eyes welled up from emotions for so many

    If you are a human who cares about humans, check it out. For people
    like me who grew up in South Dakota and now live in other areas, you’ll
    want to check it out. For anyone who wants to learn more about the
    Native/European relationship, watch it. Just do. You don’t need to read
    the book first, just find a way to watch it – at a theater or online.
    It’s real. It’s beautiful and it’s honest. It’s native and white. It’s
    learning about learning about anyone you might view as ”other” and
    particularly, of course, it’s about the complicated relationships
    between Native people and those of European descent. I was anxious
    going into the theater. Knowing the book, I hoped it would be beautiful
    and powerful, but I was worried about the filmmaker – what if he
    screwed it up?!

    … He didn’t…It was better than I had ever imagined it could be. I
    grew up in South Dakota. That’s where it takes place. The sounds, the
    land, the cars, the truth of filming of the South Dakota setting was
    profound to me. It took me right there – the gravel roads, the prairie,
    the rolling hills, the badlands, the shacks, the random, small museum
    in a near ghost town, the sounds of grasshoppers! – it’s all there.
    You’re right there in the midst of so much honesty.

    The honesty of the story telling in the film is so gorgeous and
    heartbreaking and, at times, humorous – it’s powerful. The truth of
    characters and the acting was profound. As it needed to be.

    This story, having made its way out into the world again, for new and
    repeat audiences, morphed from paper to film media, is the kind of
    story that changes people – sometimes subtly, sometimes profoundly.

    Grateful it’s out in the media maelstrom again! When media makes a
    positive impact on the world, that’s media to value. I every audience
    member left the theater as better person than they were before viewing
    the film.

  • sandbergpeteFebruary 26, 2017Reply

    A glimpse of lives ”we” never see

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing this for a few years, with some
    slight hesitation.

    Why? I could not imagine an actor that could portray Dan. Others maybe,
    but not him. It turns out the casting of all is perfect, but Dave Bald
    Eagle transcends acting, or role playing, and becomes Dan.

    Another why… I had a hard time imagining how a screenplay could
    capture the themes of stillness and quiet that permeate the Kent
    Nerburn novel. It is every bit as much about place, the land, as it is
    the people, and the land is so open that almost the only sound is the

    During our screening not one person left the room, we never saw a phone
    screen light up, and no one even stirred until several seconds after
    the credits ended.

  • Karyn Bishop-HenryFebruary 26, 2017Reply

    Very Relevant Film to See For The Times We Live In Now . . .

    The Film, ”Neither Wolf Nor Dog”, Requires You to Approach It’s Telling
    on Foot. Not in the usual Frenzied-Fast Feeding Entertainment Style
    that Keeps One Comfortable. There is a Certain Unease that Comes from
    Slowing Down One’s Pace. It Changes One’s Attention. One Walks Within
    the Story and Is Not a Vacant Bystander.

    The Depths of the South Dakota Land: The Drifting of Prairie Grasses,
    Sky and Clouds, Harsh Rain, Insect and Bird Songs, Prairie Dog Chatter,
    The Metal Pump Handle’s Clang, Rock and Hills, and the Persistent Wind
    Stand Prominent in the Film. The Land is not the Backdrop but Where you
    place your feet and are Summoned into the Lives of Dan, A Lakota Elder,
    (Dave Bald Eagle) and Kent Nerburn (Christopher Sweeney). ”Neither Wolf
    Nor Dog” is Honest, Awkward, Painful, Humorous, Reflective and
    Ultimately An Education of the Human Heart and Hopefully Our Hearts

    To Kent Nerburn & Steven Lewis Simpson: You, ”Got It Just Right!”

  • pfurshongFebruary 27, 2017Reply

    David Bald Eagle gives stellar performance as Dan.

    Being a huge fan of the book, the movie brought out additional nuggets
    in the story. I have read and reread the book finding new material in
    each read. Nerburn does a magical job of sharing his experience as a
    non-native in a native world.

    Like the book, there were moments that I found myself laughing out-loud
    one minute and shedding a tear the next. This was a beautiful tribute
    to the Lakota community.

    Would love to see the next two books on the big screen.

  • ncstewart-29620February 27, 2017Reply

    This movie touched my soul…

    I read the book and it moved me deeply. When I heard that it was being
    made into a movie I was very excited to have this story shared in that
    medium. I hoped the movie would do the book justice, I was not
    disappointed, it is true in every way to the novel. This film is very
    timely with what is happening with Native Americans today. This is a
    story that needed to be told, don’t miss it!

  • Peggy Bremer CampbellFebruary 28, 2017Reply

    A film released with Divine timing

    I came across Kent Nerburn’s series of books beginning with ”Neither
    Wolf Nor Dog” a few years ago and devoured them. I was fortunate to
    help with the Kick Starter campaign to produce and release this film.

    A delicious movie and cast of characters. An unbelievable road trip
    though the Badlands and prairies of South Dakota.

    This movie brings to light an American Indian elder’s experience and
    perspective of his People’s difficult existence.

    I recommend it for people of all cultures as a method of understanding
    and accepting the poignant results of the colonization
    (corporatization)of our nation.

    The First People’s of this land are ready to speak, are we ready to
    listen? What’s happening to them is happening to us all.

  • harrisjoe-59730March 10, 2017Reply

    Great Contemporary Film, a lot of subtle Indian humor

    Great film and one of the best modern day Indian movies I’ve seen in a
    long while. Has some great subtle Indian humor. Richard does a great
    job as Grover. My condolences to Dave Bald Eagle family. He did a
    fantastic role as the wise old man. Kudos to the producer and all the
    actors. A job well done. Steven Simpson is a pro. Highly recommend the
    viewing. Many are clamoring in Oklahoma wanting to purchase DVD. Just
    fortunate that I contributed in the Kickstarter. I encourage you
    purchase the special edition when it becomes available. You won’t
    regret it.

  • fairbankscityApril 14, 2017Reply

    A Story About First-Race Relations

    If you’ve ever visited the American plains or the Badlands you already
    understand how a landscape that at first appears bleak, dry and almost
    monotone will suddenly open up a whole new depth of beauty to you if
    you allow yourself to be still long enough to let it happen.

    Neither Wolf Nor Dog is like that. This is a film that exemplifies the
    best qualities of great storytelling. Everything in the film serves the
    story. There is no ”fluff” and the message is not spoon- fed to you, it
    develops slowly but when it hits the crescendo you have been brought
    into the story so that you feel the message is meant directly for you.

    This story takes you through the stages of race relations from distrust
    and fear to a slight opening up, from subtle jabs and jokes to the
    revealing of long-held resentments, from the fearful place of telling
    the other what you think they want to hear to the honest place of
    telling them the truth with no judgement attached. And it manages to do
    it in a way that does not feel contrived or too neatly packaged.

    If you’ve spent time around native American elders you will see how the
    pace and path of this story will have a familiar feel. It is slower at
    times than we are used to with more silence than we are comfortable
    with and isn’t always direct. But if you sit back and be still it will
    all come together and reveal the same beauty of the Badlands landscape
    that serves as a backdrop for the story.

  • cosec00April 27, 2017Reply

    powerful medicine

    Unlike all the other reviews here, I am not a fan of the author upon
    whose work this film is based. My discovery of this film follows a
    different path. I had learned about the movie after learning online
    that it was having its first screening in Bemidji, which is old
    stomping grounds for me and apparently that of the author.

    Honestly, I was not familiar with Kent Nerburn, and even if I had
    learned of him while living in Bemidji for nearly a decade working with
    the tribes in that state, I doubt I would have ever picked up one of
    his books to read. I really don’t like reading books about Native
    Americans written by white authors. I prefer a Native American voice to
    tell their own stories and have enjoyed the work of the numerous Native
    authors over the years.

    Anyway, after checking out the trailer I was intrigued and leaped at
    the opportunity to help support a private screening of the film
    locally. So, sans expectations or foreknowledge of what the film was
    about, my impressions of the film follow.

    The story has all the wonderful qualities you’d expect in a Native
    American story– humor, trickster antics, a journey, the pain, racism
    and healing. What I didn’t expect was how powerful this film would be
    for me.

    The performances are spot on in this film and as others have said here,
    Dave Bald Eagle is a powerful presence on screen. He embodies all the
    best qualities of our elders and I felt the entire theater riveted to
    his presence on screen, hanging on his words and giggling at his
    playful teasing and tricks.

    Sweeney also does a fine job in the film without going Kevin Costner on
    us–honestly portraying the trepidation, confusion, guilt and
    blundering white people experience working with native peoples.

    But in the end, its the film’s the story that drives these great
    performances. Of course, since its a Lakota story, we end up at Wounded
    Knee. But the journey to that place, that singularity in the history of
    this continent, is fresh and raw. And the purpose of that journey is
    powerful medicine that is very relevant to us today.

    Driving home and thinking on the film I realized what the name of the
    film (and book) referred to. And I realized that the film carries a
    powerful message to us out here who are not ‘walking the rez road’.

    If you haven’t seen this film, get out and find this film. And make
    sure to see it with other people in a theater–that experience enriches
    the message(s) of this story all the more.

  • kek4April 28, 2017Reply

    Loved this movie!

    Neither Wolf Nor Dog took me on a learning journey, I laughed, cried,
    felt guilty, and fell in love with David Bald Eagle. His performance
    was amazing, deep, spellbinding, and eye opening. And I felt as though
    his own life experiences, perhaps, have been behind his brilliance in
    this role. The lessons he shared left me in tears more then once.

    Steven Lewis Simpson did a fantastic job in picking the right person
    for each role in this movie, and it felt almost as if it was more a
    documentary then a book based movie. His direction was perfect!

    All in all a must-see movie with beautiful portrayal of the land and
    the people who live upon it, and the historical life events that
    changed the way they live.

  • mjcjdMay 4, 2017Reply

    Watch the movie and read the book

    This movie is worthy of nationwide distribution. The story is an
    important one, and is beautifully told. No one comes across as ”acting”
    but David Bald Eagle as Dan is superb. After watching this movie, I had
    to learn more about him–he was a man who experienced a wide range of
    real-life roles as a musician and dancer, a rodeo cowboy, a tribal
    chief, an actor, a stunt double. He was a war hero severely injured by
    German fire when he parachuted into Normandy. He was a husband,
    widowed, fortunate to remarry, and a father and grandfather to many.
    David Bald Eagle was 95 years old when he made this movie, and died on
    July 22, 2016 at age 97. Watch this film, but be sure to read Kent
    Nerburn’s book of the same name and the basis for the movie for a
    deeper exploration of Native American vs. White cultures.

  • Alexander ClaytonMay 20, 2017Reply

    Unforgettable Film

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • rtaylor15May 21, 2017Reply


    The movie was pure drudgery. It was one very long, agonizing cliché
    about wrongs inflicted on Indians by white people. The story has been
    told a million times. The Indians in this film live in a state of
    perpetual righteous indignation against people long since dead, and,
    apparently, anyone of white skin living today, who, because of their
    skin color, should themselves suffer quilt and remorse for wrongs
    committed long ago by non-Indians.

  • margie-82396May 23, 2017Reply

    Embodies the spirit of the novel…

    Nerburn’s beloved novel is beautifully brought to life through
    Simpson’s many years of passion for the project, which is evident in
    every detail, from the gorgeous script, brilliant casting, impeccable
    acting, and exquisite cinematography. Neither Wolf Nor Dog embodies and
    honors not only the the spirit of the novel of the same name, but the
    spirit and tenacity of the Lakota nation as well. Whatever you think
    you know about the history between Native Americans and the United
    States, this film will touch you deeply, if you’re willing. Not to be
    missed….neither film nor book.

  • TheLeftStuffMay 23, 2017Reply

    Guilt road trip

    Another guilt trip about Native Americans. What you might not notice is
    their Hypocrisy. They talk about how only the Native Americans know how
    to live on the land, but they own automobiles, houses and aluminum
    boats instead of walking, living in teepees and having birch bark
    canoes. When the white guy gets upset, they tell him, ”What’s done is
    done!” Then they spend the entire movie bitching about what happened
    150 years ago. They talk about what the white man took from them, but
    they don’t talk about what the white man gave them. Like Dentistry,
    Modern medical care (You see the old man taking pills in the beginning
    of the film. Did he get those from his Medicine Man?) They also fail to
    mention all the welfare they receive, and they bypass the idea that
    they could work and make more of a life for themselves, but that would
    take character. How come Native Americans didn’t look at the white man
    and say, ”Wow, you have science and technology. Teach us what you have
    learned and we will prosper as you have. Everything is always the fault
    of somebody else. But, the apparent goal of the Native American isn’t
    to grow and prosper through school and hard work; it’s to live off as
    much guilt as they can muster to keep the welfare checks coming.

  • ronwetzellMay 30, 2017Reply

    Neither Wolf Nor Dog

    I can’t remember a film or movie I have enjoyed more than Neither Wolf
    Nor Dog. I’ve seen it twice now, both times through tears, some of
    which were for the same reasons, some of which were for different
    reasons. When I saw it the second time, I was able to see it more
    clearly, more deeply. Actually on a scale of 1 – 10, I would give it an
    11. Neither Wolf Nor Dog is a Must See.

    The movie starts with sepia colored photographs which fade into the
    film of South Dakota country. The scenery is an essential component of
    and for character development. From the grasslands, the gravel roads,
    the cottonwoods, the housing,and the cars; from the sounds of cicadas
    and katydids, we are led to a poignant sense of place; and a beginning
    sense of the people who live here.

    The country shows us that this is not territory for people who do not
    have a keen understanding about the bounty and limits of their
    environment. The people show us what living in union with their
    environment looks like. Add to this the realities of the reservation,
    and we get to see perseverance and struggle that few of us will ever

    There is no embellishment or overlay here from a soundtrack meant to
    manufacture emotion or investment. This is a lean, taut film that
    focuses on its characters and story line. The Indigenous persons in the
    film are not ones I’ve ever seen in other movies, and this adds to the
    sense of authenticity. They carry their roles so well that there isn’t
    any sense of ”acting”. This has the feel of a documentary.

    Neither Wolf Nor Dog is a well crafted story that keeps us buoyed by
    the characters we come to admire and by sprinkles of Native American
    humor along the way. It also gives us a glimpse of the realities of
    historical trauma and inter generational grief which calls those of us
    who are not Indigenous to recognize our shame for benefiting from the
    colonization that was responsible for the genocide of Native Americans.

    To be clear, here, though, the way this film leads us to acknowledge
    our shame is not by being hit over the head with a hammer, but is by
    being called to connect with our heart. When we connect with our
    hearts, there is not difference; there is not two; we are one and the
    same; we are home. Neither Wolf Nor Dog calls us to our heart.

    Did I say that I loved this film? Well, I did, and I do. When this film
    comes your way, see it early so you can see it again while it is still
    in your town. Treat yourself. See this film.

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