MPR documentaries: 'Song Catcher: Frances Densmore of Red Wing' and 'Artist Charles Biederman.'

Frances Densmore
Frances Densmore of Red Wing, seen here with Mountain Chief (Sioux), conducted a personal campaign to capture Native American traditional music before it vanished from the continent. Setting out in the early 1900s, Densmore traveled to remote Indian villages where few other white women would dare venture. Her tools were a simple box camera and a cylinder phonograph.
Photo courtesy MN Historical Society

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