Helen Roberts and Frances Densmore were two people who, in the early 1900s, wrote about Native American music from Southern California. They were able to do so because music was not considered as important as something like social structure, which men worked on.

American ethnographer Frances Densmore (1867 – 1957) makes a phonographic recording of Blackfoot leader Mountain Chief at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, for the Bureau of American Ethnology, 16th February 1916. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

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