This Photo Isn’t What It Looks Like

Host Vincent Brown challenges a common assumption about a photo of ethnographer Frances Densmore and Piegan Blackfeet tribe leader Mountain Chief: that Densmore is recording a “dying culture.” Brown visits the Library of Congress to hear an original recording of Mountain Chief and travels to Montana to discuss the vitality of Blackfeet culture today with artist and teacher Jesse DesRosier.

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