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7:04 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Medicine Woman's Wise Words

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 3:44 pm

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Back in November I had the great opportunity to hike into Havasu Canyon to meet Dianna Baby Sue White Dove Uqualla. She is a Havasupai medicine woman. I traveled with a group from Arizona Highways magazine. You can see a print version of a profile of Baby Sue, as she's called, in their March issue or listen to my radio story here.

Even though I was given a couple extra minutes to tell her story, there was so much more to share. So I'm giving you about 10 minutes of our hour-long interview in this audio clip.

She talks about what it feels like to call Grand Canyon home, what's important to her and how she heard the calling to become a healer.

As a reporter I'm supposed to be skeptical and I try to ask questions that I think listeners might have. After meeting Baby Sue, interviewing her, watching her perform a blessing ceremony, I'm quite certain she's the real deal.

But you listen and decide.


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