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Photo of Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief

Discussion about a photograph of Frances Densmore and Mountain Chief sitting in front of the Smithsonian Castle.

Collection Object: 
Mountain Chief, Chief of Montana Blackfeet, in Native Dress With Bow, Arrows, and Lance, Listening to Song Being Played On Phonograph and Interpreting It in Sign Language to Frances Densmore, Ethnologist MAR 1916
Language and languages--Documentation
Data Source
National Anthropological Archives
Harris & Ewing
Scott, Hugh Lenox General (Collector)
Physical description
1 photoprint 007 in x 005 in
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Photographs of American Indians and Other Subjects 1840s-1960s
MAR 1916
Copyright: Harris and Ewing
Black and white photoprint
Addl. KW Subjects
Cite as
Photo Lot 24 SPC Plains Blackfoot BAE 4720 00327300, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Local number
NAA INV 00327300
NAA MS 4720
OPPS NEG 55300
Indians of North America Great Plains
Frances Densmore (1867-1957)
Women scientists
Indians of North America
Data Source
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Restrictions & Rights
All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email
Densmore, Frances 1867-1957
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
Library of Congress
Ethnologist Frances Densmore (1867-1957) spent much of her career working in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of Ethnology and the Library of Congress, as she collected and preserved the music and culture of Native Americans. Densmore's mission was to alter the prevailing misrepresentation of Indian music and the under appreciation of its complexity and beauty, a goal she accomplished through prolific publication and careful research.
Cite as
Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Black-and-white photographs
Local number
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0439]