Women’s History Wednesday: Francis Densmore

With an hour to spare, we’ve got time for a Women’s History Wednesday!

Frances Densmore with Mountain chief, 1914. Minnesota Historical Society

Frances Densmore was an anthropologist who devoted over 50 years of her life to the study and preservation of American Indian culture, with a focus on music.
Her work during the first half of the century was of particular importance as it coincided with government policies that encouraged the Americanization of the indigenous population.

In the picture above, Densmore is working with an Indian chief to record and interpret his tribe’s music.

Some of her recordings are still housed in the Library of Congress, and at least one recording has been digitized.

See? No jokes. Just good old-fashioned learning! I’m very fun at parties.

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