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Travels with Frances Densmore : her life, work, and legacy in Native American studies

Format: Print Book 2015
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction ML423.D36 T73 2015
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  ML423.D36 T73 2015
 
 
Summary
Over the first half of the twentieth century, scientist and scholar Frances Densmore (1867-1957) visited thirty-five Native American tribes, recorded more than twenty-five hundred songs, amassed hundreds of artifacts and Native-crafted objects, and transcribed information about Native cultures. Her visits to indigenous groups included meetings with the Ojibwes, Lakotas, Dakotas, Northern Utes, Ho-chunks, Seminoles, and Makahs. A "New Woman" and a self-trained anthropologist, she not only influenced government attitudes toward indigenous cultures but also helped mold the field of anthropology. Densmore remains an intriguing historical figure. Although researchers use her vast collections at the Smithsonian and Minnesota Historical Society, as well as her many publications, some scholars critique her methods of "salvage anthropology" and concepts of the "vanishing" Native American. Travels with Frances Densmore is the first detailed study of her life and work. Through narrative descriptions of her life paired with critical essays about her work, this book is an essential guide for understanding how Densmore formed her collections and the lasting importance they have had for researchers in a variety of fields.
Contents
Introduction. Traveling with Frances Densmore / Joan M. Jensen and Michelle Wick Patterson
She always said, "I heard an Indian drum" / Michelle Wick Patterson
Becoming two white buffalo woman / Michelle Wick Patterson
By train, by boat, by model T / Joan M. Jensen
Getting the Depression blues / Joan M. Jensen
Cut, paste, delete, preserve / Michelle Wick Patterson
Gone but not quite forgotten / Joan M. Jensen
Miss Densmore meets the Ojibwes : Frances Densmore's ethnomusicology studies among the Grand Portage Ojibwes in 1905 / Nancy L. Woolworth
Songs of healing : music therapy of native America, a medical ethnomusicology study / Stephanie Thorne
Familiar face : Densmore's Minnesota photographs / Bruce White
Collection with a mission : Frances Densmore's Chippewa artifacts / Carolyn Gilman
An archival dilemma : the Densmore cylinder recording speeds / Judith Gray
Frances Densmore's Chippewa music / Thomas J. Vennum, Jr.
Conclusion : A picture is worth deconstructing / Joan M. Jensen and Michelle Wick Patterson.

Additional Information
Subjects Densmore, Frances, -- 1867-1957.
Densmore, Frances, -- 1867-1957 -- Ethnomusicological collections.
Ethnomusicologists -- United States -- Biography.
Ethnomusicology -- United States.
Indians of North America -- Music -- History and criticism.
Indians of North America -- Material culture -- Collectors and collecting.
Publisher Lincoln :2015
Contributors Jensen, Joan M., editor.
Patterson, Michelle Wick, 1973- editor.
Language English
Description xi, 448 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780803248731
0803248733
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