By Kent Nerburn
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I took a quick glance in the mirror. With my blond hair and rapidly greying beard, I guess I could easily be seen as looking like Grizzly Adams to an old Indian. There were worse things they could have called me. The old man was waiting when I arrived. Once again, his granddaughter was cooking him breakfast. I began to wonder if this was a daily ritual, and where she emerged from every morning. She was frying smoky strips of bacon on an old cast-iron griddle, then pouring the bacon grease into a big pot of oatmeal.
Yeah. ” Things started connecting in my mind. ” I asked, unsure if I wanted the answer. “All the stuff I wrote,” he said. Then he lifted a small chant into the air. ” “Yeah. I saved some of the good things from Ann Landers. ” I thought he might be joking with me to see my response. burnt offerings 37 But there was no twinkle, no nuanced pauses, in his manner. He was intent upon his mission. “Come on,” he said. ” He sprinkled a little more sweetgrass on the fire and beckoned me to do the same.
You’d better eat,” she said quietly. One of the men on the couch got up and turned on the television. An insistent announcer’s voice was describing the benefits of some dishwashing detergent. Outside the screen door I could hear Grover and the old man talking in Lakota. I could tell nothing about the nature of the conversation from the tone of their voices. The screen door slammed abruptly behind me. The old man came over to the table and gestured me outside with a turn of his head. “Grover thinks it’s too white,” he said.