Music: Whoop Collector

For many years nosy anthropologists have been collecting the ruined dwellings, pottery, clothing and bones of U. S. Indians—a record of how they lived. Other scientific collectors have taken down legends and songs from the lips of aged chiefs and squaws—a record of how they thought.

No. 1 investigator of U. S. Indian music is a spry, 71-year-old, grey-haired woman, Frances Densmore. For the past 45 years, methodical Spinster Densmore has periodically left her old family home in Red Wing, Minn, to traipse over North America salvaging Indian war whoops and love...

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