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Frances Densmore, US anthropologist

Frances Densmore (left, 1867-1957), US ethnologist, using a phonograph (left) to record the voice and stories of Mountain Chief, a Native American from the Piegan tribe. Densmores speciality was ethnomusicology, recording the sounds and use of music in Native American culture in the early years of the 20th century. The Piegan tribe are part of the Blackfoot Confederacy of tribes, and live in Montana, USA. Photographed in 1916

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This print captures Frances Densmore, a renowned US anthropologist and ethnologist, immersed in her work during the early years of the 20th century. In this image taken in 1916, Densmore can be seen utilizing a phonograph to record the voice and stories of Mountain Chief, a respected Native American from the Piegan tribe. Densmore's expertise lay in ethnomusicology, which involved meticulously documenting the sounds and significance of music within Native American culture. The Piegan tribe is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy and resides in Montana, USA. The photograph showcases an intriguing blend of technology and cultural preservation as Densmore employs this innovative tool to capture invaluable pieces of history. As she listens intently to Mountain Chief's words through her headphones, one can only imagine the profound connection being forged between these two individuals from different worlds. In this monochrome snapshot frozen in time, we witness not just an anthropologist at work but also a bridge builder between cultures. Through her tireless efforts as an ethnomusicologist and researcher, Frances Densmore played a vital role in preserving traditions that might have otherwise been lost forever. This remarkable image serves as a testament to both human curiosity and technological advancements while reminding us of our responsibility to honor and respect diverse cultures by documenting their rich heritage for future generations.

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