One Voice Rising


The Life of Clifford Duncan

One Voice Rising is a memoir by a Ute healer, historian, and elder as told to Anglo writer, Linda Sillitoe. Clifford Duncan (1933–2014) was a tribal official and medicine man, a museum director, a trained lay archaeologist, an artist, a U.S. army veteran, and a leader in the Native American Church. In this text Duncan covers personal and tribal history during a crucial period in the tribe’s development. His discussions with Sillitoe offer a unique look at individual and societal issues, including the Native American Church, powwows and tribal celebrations, and interactions with the larger world. George Janecek’s intimate photographs of Clifford Duncan and his world expand the impact of Duncan’s words.
 
“Everything was Indian then, when I was a boy. They had to explain to us about the white man's side. Now everything is in the white man's world and we teach Indian ways.”—Clifford Duncan (from the book)

Linda Sillitoe (1948–2010) was a poet, journalist, and author of both fiction and nonfiction. Her books include Friendly Fire: A History of the ACLU in Utah and Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders (co-authored with Allen D. Roberts).
 
George Janacek is a widely published and exhibited documentary photographer based in Salt Lake City. He has worked for Life and other magazines, and his work has been published in several books.

Praise and Reviews:
“The work's significance is two-fold: the subject is of great current interest and no other work on Ute medicine has been done in the last fifty years. The work is unique for its time and place.”
—Floyd O’Neil, formally Director Emeritus of the American West Center, University of Utah

“A rich reflection of this significant Ute’s individual accomplishments, experience navigating a path that touched both Indian and non-Indian worlds, and interest in creating a ‘bicultural discussion of current issues.’”
—Laura Bayer, coauthor (with Floyd Montoya) of Santa Ana: The People, the Pueblo, and the History of Tamaya

 
“Offers important insights into the life of an extraordinary man, a Ute man who was highly regarded by many of his people. This work makes a huge contribution as it is one of very few publications dealing with the actual life experiences of a Ute Indian. And it is a publication that draws as much from the past as from the present times.”
—Forrest Cuch, editor of A History of Utah’s American Indians