Robert Staffanson

From the introduction by Todd Wilkinson:

Witness to Spirit is not a mere memoir. It is an important, unforgettable book full of wisdom that, once read, will leave you changed in the way you think about America. It is a reminder for us all of the spiritual transformation that can only happen when we have the courage and moral conviction to open our minds, ears, and hearts.”

WINNER of the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award -“Biography”

A 2016 Indie Book Award Finalist -“Book Design”


“Bob Staffanson’s journey from rural Montana to a prestigious conductor’s podium in western Massachusetts is remarkable; the culmination of his life in decades of service to the highest ideals of human achievement, working with Native American elders, is profound. By turning his back on racism and materialism, he has given us, in Witness to Spirit, both wisdom and a modern example of an exemplary life.”
—Barry Lopez, Author of Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men

“Robert Staffanson has created a story that honors his own evolution from cowboy to symphony conductor before abandoning wealth and fame to work with indigenous people and learn the ways of wisdom. This is a book that reminds us our lives are blessedly made of stories. Gratitude is the word that remains after reading Witness to Spirit.”
—Terry Tempest Williams, Author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family
and Place
, When Women Were Birds, and the new 2016 book on national parks, The Hour of Land

“With Witness to Spirit, Robert Staffanson becomes a symbol for our best chance as a culture: abandon all we’ve been told we deserve and embrace the native mind for its beauty and depth, but also for what it knows about saving our species over and over again.”
—Brooke Williams, Author of Open Midnight (Torrey House Press, 2016)



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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942545-22-4, $42; Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942545-21-7, $24; 260 full-color pages, over 50 photos