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Lisa Jones was asked to write an article for Smithsonian magazine about Stanford Addison, an Arapaho elder living in Wyoming on the Wind River Indian Reservation. He was a quadriplegic and a master horse trainer. Although very interested in Native Americans, Jones’ track record in interviewing them was not stellar, and she went on this assignment with great trepidation. No wonder, because it was as if her soul knew that her life would be changed forever. She says of this first encounter with Stan, as he wheeled up to her in his wheel chair, "It was like this guy sees right through you and your life is about to change. I didn't go there seeking—my life is fine: I own a house, have a credit card, and I'm not looking for a spiritual teacher, I just want to write a great story. Honestly, at that moment I thought, 'Oh, my God, something is about to change'… He just rolled right up to me, and gave me the calmest gaze ever, and a body blow of knowledge went right through me at that moment, that I didn't expect." Her book Broken is an account of those life-changing years with Stanford, who died in 2012. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Lisa Jones is a journalist, and has written for many publications including The New York Times Magazine, High Country News, and National Public Radio. She spent many extraordinary years working with a Native American healer until his death in 2012.
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To learn more about the work of Lisa Jones go to www.brokenalovestory.com.
Host: Justine Wills Toms Interview Date: 6/10/2010 Program Number: 3360
From Album: Music for Native Americans Artist: Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble 1994 Blue Northern & Blue Raven Publishing #CDP 7243-8-28295-2-2
Opening Essay: Track 01 Coyote Dance Music Break 1: Track 01 Coyote Dance Music Break 2: Track 02 Mahk Jchi (Heartbeat Drum Song) Music Break 3: Track 09 Cherokee Morning Song
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