Peterborough Town Library to screen film for Native American Heritage Month

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 4:42PM

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Peterborough Town Library will screen the acclaimed film, Neither Wolf Nor Dog. Released in 2017, the film is the most successful non-Hollywood Native American themed film in many years. It is based on the award-winning novel by Kent Nerburn and stars Lakota elder Dave Bald Eagle, who passed away not long ago, aged 97.

The film will be screened at library on Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and the book discussed on Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. Books will be available beginning Nov. 1. The public is encouraged to read the book during the month of November.

The film follows a Lakota elder who brings a white author on a road trip through the Dakotas to open the author’s eyes to the elder’s experience and perspective on the world.

The film, like the novel, is not just a deeply moving, funny and thought-provoking film, but it takes the audience deep into an elder’s reality. Dave Bald Eagle’s incredible performance alone gives the film a great cultural weight. According to the filmmaker Steven Lewis Simpson, during the film’s climax at Wounded Knee, the script was abandoned and Dave improvised the whole sequence as his family was closer to the massacre of 1890 than even the character he was playing. At the end of filming the scene, he told his co-star “I’ve been holding that in for 95-years.”

The theatrical trailer can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/199758739.

All are welcome to attend both the film and book discussion.