Art | May 3, 2016 2:30 pm

Mountain Chief of Blackfoot Tribe Listens to a Song

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

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.

(Library of Congress)