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Frances Densmore, American anthropologist

Frances Densmore, American anthropologist

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SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Frances Densmore (1867-1957), American anthropologist. Densmore's speciality was ethnomusicology, recording the sounds and use of music in Native American culture in the early years of the 20th century. Over her career Densmore, a trained musician, made approximately 3500 recordings and transcribed 2500 songs. She worked with the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology to document Native American culture.

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