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Two Toms: Lessons from a Shoshone Doctor
In 1969, Tom Wesaw was an 83-year-old Shoshone doctor and religious leader on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. He could no longer drive, which posed problems in making house calls. The arrival of young anthropologist Tom Johnson changed that. Johnson would drive Wesaw, and cook, pump water, and build fires for sweat lodges. In exchange, the elder Tom would show the ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published April 30th 2011 by University of Utah Press
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Nice memoir written by an anthropologist who lived with a Shoshone doctor for a year in the late 60's. This is a quiet book focusing on a few events shared together between the two men, showing small glimpses into the lives and beliefs of the people placed on the Wind River Indian Reservation in western Wyoming. I'm always touched by the grace and wisdom instilled into the values of Native American culture and the author translates this well with his writing.