Neither Wolf Nor Dog

2017 | 110 minutes | Rated NR

I’d call Neither Wolf Nor Dog a polemic if that term didn’t have such a negative connotation—and considering the film deals with the effects of cultural imperialism on Native American culture, there’s already plenty of baggage. But there’s some knowledge to be dropped here. Adapted from Kent Nerburn’s 1994 novel, Wolf is structured as series of dialogues between Nerburn (played by Christopher Sweeney) and fictional characters inspired by the author’s experiences in Native communities. Nerbern sets himself up as a sort of well-meaning avatar for white cluelessness, to be instructed and occasionally fucked with by his two elder guides (Richard Ray Whitman and the late David William Beautiful Bald Eagle). The result is a series of well-shot North Dakota landscapes, punctuated by monologues on Native American life and a few uncomfortable teaching moments.


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Film Credits
Steven Simpson
Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney, Richard Whitman, Roseanne Supernault, Tatanka Means, Zahn McClarnon, Dawn Little Sky, Sarah Sido