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Photo of Frances Densmore with Mountain Chief

Richard Kurin

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
Topic
Language and languages--Documentation
Data Source
National Anthropological Archives
Creator
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
Date
1916
MAR 1916
Cite as
Photo Lot 24 SPC Plains Blackfoot BAE 4720 00327300, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Type
Photographs
Local number
NAA INV 00327300
NAA MS 4720
OPPS NEG 55300
Culture
Blackfoot
Indians of North America Great Plains
Frances Densmore (1867-1957)
Topic
Ethnology
Women scientists
Indians of North America
Data Source
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Subject
Densmore, Frances 1867-1957
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
Library of Congress
Summary
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
Type
Black-and-white photographs
Music
Local number
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0439]