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If you don't know you need to read Buffalo Tango. You'll want to read it even if you do know!

The caper begins in Yellowstone National Park where three Blackfeet, a Sioux and a Crow Indian are framed for a white snowmobiler’s accident. A cast of unique and unforgettable characters includes a pragmatic Blackfeet Fish and Game ranger, his idealistic friend back from the city to “save the Rez,” a holy man, a real bad ass and a white woman of a “certain age” who thinks they all need rescuing. Our warriors do battle with a grizzly bear and a pot smoking slacker. Laced with humor yet addressing threats to Native peoples, buffalo and sacred places. Buffalo Tango is a highly entertaining dose of reality. This tale is told in an authentic vernacular creating a rich, poignant story that is sure to become a new classic in the Western genre.

The dance goes on…

Like other classics, Buffalo Tango, is written in layers. How this  ironic satire juggles so many themes in a subtle, funny, irreligious way is art.  It is more Sherman Alexi’s “Diary of a Part Time Indian” than Oliver La Farge’s “Laughing Boy” or Leslie Marmon Silko’s “Ceremony.” Expect the full gamut of emotions from thigh-slapping humor to a deep appreciation of the cultural delemna surrounding the restoration of an eco-system. You’ll finish with a better understanding of the complicated, often difficult decisions facing three opposing sides.

What Readers are Saying:

“Many of us have borne witness to buffalo being shot while searching for food outside Yellowstone’s borders in the depths of hard winters. All of us know the connection between the buffalo and the Tribes. But how many of us are aware of the effect of the slaughter on the Tribes’ wish for the Park’s excess buffalo alive, or the necessity of the meat of the slaughtered to feed the hungry on the Reservations?

Shari Nault’s characters come together when the Blackfeet are called to butcher the slain animals. Running the gamut from holy man to renegade, all of them find themselves outlaws against unjust law. White man’s law.

In a suspenseful story of hiding out in the Park in the dead of winter, of plotting a takeover of the park–a take-back–of the park, of trying to honor the animal who is kin, of warriors who cannot stay out of trouble no matter what they do, of the never-ending white suspicion of the Indian, of the annoying tough white woman who comes to the rescue, of the nobility of the Tribes’ leaders, Nault hasn’t left out much. Palpably capturing what winter in Yellowstone feels like, she also exposes the tenuousness of the Indian/White understanding, while forcefully presenting the power of Indian ritual in the face of American bureaucracy.”

 Review: R.Rudner

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“This is a lively, well told tale set against a sweeping western landscape, with a cast of colorful characters. The plot involves a social injustice — native Americans framed for an accident involving an Anglo man. But it’s more than a trite story about racism. It’s about the ways in which humans interact in a larger-than-life Western setting, complete with grizzly bears. The author has deep roots in the West, and her knowledge of and affection for the beautiful but tough small-town West shines through. The breezy read takes us to Yellowstone National Park, the country’s oldest, well known to the author who lived in Cody, Wyo., for years as marketing director for the Buffalo Bill Center. She draws on her family’s long history with Native Americans and her own keen knowledge of human motivation (…) for good and ill.  history and humanity —always with a sense of humility and humor.”

Review: California Theater Buff

About the Author, Shari Nault

Shari comes from a long line of renegades beginning with her family fleeing from France to Quebec in the 16th century. Moving west, they had the first white child born in Saskatchewan and in Alberta. The Nault connection to Native people was a major factor in the 1885 Northwest Resistance in Canada. Louis Riel, the leader of the Metis (mixed blood) people, was a cousin of her grandfather. The Rebellion started on her great/grandfather’s farm. Shari’s father was a hunter/photographer in Alaska. She joined him in Kodiak after the big quake living in a skid-shack with a 10-month old baby and no running water. Shari served as the first Montana Cultural Indian Tourism Specialist. She served as PR director for both the Charlie Russell Museum and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

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