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Travels with Frances Densmore : her life, work, and legacy in Native American studies / edited by Joan M. Jensen and Michelle Wick Patterson.

Contributor(s): Jensen, Joan M | Patterson, Michelle Wick, 1973-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2015]Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780803274969; 0803274963.Subject(s): Ethnomusicologists -- United States -- Biography | Ethnomusicology -- United States | Indians of North America -- Music -- History and criticism | Indians of North America -- Material culture -- Collectors and collectingAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Travels with Frances DensmoreDDC classification: 781.62/970092 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Frances Densmore (1867-1957) was a pioneering ethnomusicologist who field-recorded and transcribed thousands of songs traditional to dozens of North American First Nations. Mentored by Alice Fletcher, Smithsonian Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE), Densmore was supported by the BAE until the Depression cut its funds in the 1930s. Postwar, Densmore worked with Smithsonian archivists copying her wax cylinders onto vinyl discs; as Stephanie Thorne, Judith Gray, and Thomas Vennum describe in the book, Densmore's meticulous ear forced engineers to fine-tune copies. Feedback from Indian singers listening to the copies further enhanced their accuracy. Densmore's BAE monographs on Lakota Sioux, Chippewa (Anishinabe), Ute, Navajo, Seminole, and other national music genres and the thousands of field photos she took assist Indian communities today as well as scholars. The book details Densmore's half century of fieldwork and discusses her "new woman" career eschewing domesticity. (Her sister shared Densmore's Red Wing, MN, home and much of her fieldwork travels.) Scholarly but engaged with Densmore's forging a "new woman" scientist role and with researchers' movement from hearing Indian music as "primitive" to appreciating its sophistication, the book is interesting, contributing to ethnomusicology, women's studies, and the history of American Indian studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --Alice B. Kehoe, emeritus, University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee

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Joan M. Jensen is a professor emerita of history at New Mexico State University. She is the author of several books, including Calling This Place Home: Women on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1850-1925 . Michelle Wick Patterson is an associate professor of history at Mount St. Mary's University. She is the author of Natalie Curtis Burlin: A Life in Native and African American Music (Nebraska, 2010).

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