The Normandale Community College Anthropology Department will host events on February 14-15 as part of Anthropology Day festivities.
On Thursday, February 15, there will be a screening of the movie Neither Wolf nor Dog starting at 4 p.m. in the Dale Lorenz Auditorium. After the conclusion of the movie, author and subject of the film Kent Nerburn will host a Q&A session about the film and do a presentation entitled America Off the Rails: What we can learn from our Native American brothers and sisters. The entire event is scheduled to run from 4 to 8 p.m.
Nerburn is the highly acclaimed author and editor of 14 books on spiritual values and Native American themes. He has been called "One of America's living spiritual teachers" by the prestigious Spirituality and Practice website/magazine, and has been praised by Harper Collins publishers as "one of the few American writers who can respectfully bridge the gap between Native and non-Native cultures."
Among his published works are the trilogy of spiritual essays, Simple Truths (182,000 sold), Small Graces, and The Hidden Beauty of Everyday Life (recently re-issued as Ordinary Sacred); Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace; A Haunting Reverence: Meditations on a Northern Land; and Road Angels: Searching for Home on America's Coast of Dreams.
He is best known for Letters to My Son, a book of thoughts and essays on issues of significance for a young person growing up in contemporary America and Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder, which won the Minnesota Book award for creative non-fiction in 1995. He has become a standard part of the multi-cultural curriculum in high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States, Europe, and Australia; and The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows, a follow-up to Neither Wolf nor Dog, which won the Minnesota Book Award for creative non-fiction in 2009.
On Wednesday, February 14, Normandale will also host its Anthropology Day Film Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Dale Lorenz Auditorium. There will be three films featured as part of the festival. The films include The Anthropologist, The Linguists and Primates. The following is a list of description of films:
The Anthropologist: The film considers the fate of the planet from the perspective of an American teenager. Over five years, she travels alongside her mother, an anthropologist, studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities.
The Linguists: This film follows two scientists racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. Their round-the-world journey takes them deep into the heart of the cultures, knowledge, and communities at risk when a language dies.
Primates: This movie explores the lives of our species' nearest relatives. Higher primates take adaption beyond anatomical evolution: their behavior transcends instinct thanks to learning and invention, and their social life holds the seeds of human culture.