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Montana 1911 (SC)
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In the summer of 1911, Dutch anthropologist and linguist C.C. Uhlenbeck traveled to Montana to conduct fieldwork among the southern Piegan Indians. Accompanying him during his three-month stay was his wife, Wilhelmina, who kept a diary of their experiences among the Blackfeet. This diary is reproduced here in full, translated for the first time from Dutch into English by Mary Eggermont-Molenaar.
Montana 1911: A Professor and His Wife among the Blackfeet is a fascinating first-hand glimpse of the couple’s daily activities on the reservation, as well as an intimate look at the Blackfoot way of life. Wilhelmina’s diary expresses her desire to learn from the Blackfoot people and describes their faces, dwellings, dances, and songs. Her diary is supplemented with notes, an introduction to the Blackfeet and their mythology, and a biographical sketch on the Uhlenbecks. Also included is a selection of C.C. Uhlenbeck’s writings on the Blackfeet from 1911 and 1912, which parallels the text from his wife’s diary.