Richard Nonas

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    LISTEN. I’M GOING TO TELL you about the dignity and

    propriety of dangerous objects.

    Don Bahr is an old friend, an anthropologist.

    I was an anthropologist, too.

    We both worked with Papago Indians in the Southwest.

    I stayed for two years and left.

    Then I started making sculpture.

    Don stayed on.

    After seven years, he wrote a book on shamanism and

    the Papago theory of sickness.

    A beautiful, tough, closely reasoned book.

    I ran across it by accident.

    I haven’t seen Don in eight or nine years.

    I was moved and excited by it.

    Don’s mind is both literal and wonderfully abstract.

    Analyzing in the most