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Mountain Chief of Blackfoot Tribe Listens to a Song

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Although the photo was probably staged, it does show anthropologist Frances Densmore sitting with Mountain Chief of the Blackfoot Indian tribe, while he interprets a song in Plains Indian sign language. The photo was taken for the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institute on February 9, 1916.

Frances Densmore making a recording of Blackfoot chief Mountain Chief for the Bureau of American Ethnology. "Blackfoot Chief,
(Library of Congress)