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Cowboy, Maestro, Indian Advocate Tells His Story at MHS

Friday, April 22, 2016/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

 

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FROM COWBOY TO MAESTRO TO NATIVE AMERICAN ADVOCATE REMARKABLE TOPIC AT MHS

                Born 93 years ago, Robert Staffanson was a cowboy, maestro and Native American advocate in a life that took him from Billings to Massachusetts.

                You can learn from that extraordinary life Thursday (May 5) at 6:30 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society when Staffanson presents presents a free public program “Witness to Spirit: My Life with Cowboys, Mozart & Indians.”

                After working as a cowboy, Staffanson founded the Billings Symphony and later moved on to Massachusetts to conduct the Springfield Symphony. After returning to Montana he co-founded the American Indian Institute and became an advocate for Native Americans and indigenous people across the world.

                In his introduction to his newly released memoirs also titled “Witness to Spirit: My Life with Cowboys, Mozart & Indians,” Staffanson explains his life journey this way: “A friend asked me ‘did you choose your life?’ My answer: No life chose me.”

                Now living in Bozeman, Staffanson will sign copies of his new book, which is available in the MHS Museum Store, after the talk.   

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