This is the day I’ve been waiting for. Some of you will remember my various efforts to re-publish my dearly beloved, A Haunting Reverence. The route has been long and winding, but I finally just bit the bullet and did it myself, and it came out beautifully. It is retitled, Native Echoes: Listening to the Spirit of the Land, and is tweaked in some small ways from its previous incarnation. But it truly is the most reflective, most poetic book I have ever written — a search for an authentic American spirituality through meditation, storytelling, and metaphor.
Here’s the description:
From the vast grandeur of the Great Plains to the dark solitude of the northern woods, from the fierce intensity of a summer storm to the quiet redemption of a perfect blanket of snow, Kent Nerburn’s new book, Native Echoes, pays homage to the power of the land to shape our hearts and spirits.
Nerburn was once told by an Ojibwe elder to “always teach by stories, because stories lodge deep in the heart.” Using the skills learned from Native storytellers as well as his deep reverence for the world’s spiritual traditions, Nerburn takes us to a traditional Ojibwe burial, along lonely winter roads, and into landscapes where trees have presence and the earth is made alive by the mystical power of water and light.
Native Echoes is a rare work, at once stark and poetic, that acknowledges both Native American traditions and the insights of our western way of thinking and believing. NAPRA review calls it a “beautiful book that will touch not only those who find Spirit in Native American paths, but anyone who has felt the presence of something powerful beyond the known.”
You can buy it now, only through my sisters’ website, wolfnordog.com. And we are offering it at a discount from what it will cost when it hits the retail shelves.
Those of you who have followed me over the years — if you want to read the book that is closest to my heart, you should get a copy. I also worked with a wonderfully talented designer to make it look the way I wanted. As a bonus, the cover photo was done by a wonderful photographer, Erik Fremstad http://erikfremstad.com, whose work merits a look if you value nature photography.
All in all, I’m thrilled to bring this work back. I have felt like a part of my literary self was missing without this book. Now I feel wonderfully whole. I hope you enjoy it.
After a short run out to Pine Ridge to peer in on the filming of Neither Wolf nor Dog, I will be returning to my old home state for several speaking engagements.
On the 6th of October I will be speaking at the Better Brew Coffee House in Pine Island, Minnesota, at 7 p.m.
On the 7th of October I will be speaking at the Cannon Falls public library at 6:30 p.m.
Both presentations will be on The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo.
On the 12th I will be speaking before the 9 and 11 o’clock masses at St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis, and will be doing a reading and discussion at the church at 1 p.m. I will be discussing what I have learned from working with Native cultures and what I believe we, as individuals and as a culture, have to learn from their experiences and ways of life.
All events are open to everyone, and I’d love to see some of you so I can attach faces to names.