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Researcher captured early songs of American Indians


At a bustling St. Louis fair in 1904, a refined Minnesota music teacher from Red Wing in her mid-30s leaned in close to listen to an American Indian legend humming a tune.

Geronimo, the Apache warrior, was 75 and signing autographs — carefully printing his name on cards he sold to passersby at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

“I stood behind him,” Frances Densmore later recalled, “and noted down a melody that he hummed.”


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