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|Read E-pub Æ Lanterns on the Prairie: The Blackfeet Photographs of Walter McClintock ì In , a young easterner named Walter McClintock arrived on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation A forest survey had brought him to Montana, but a chance encounter with a part Blackfeet scout led him instead to a career as a chronicler of Plains Indian life McClintock is now well known as the author of two books about his experiences among the Blackfeet, but only a few of his photographs have ever been published This volume features biographical and interpretive essays about McClintock s life and work and presents than one hundred of his little known imagesMany of McClintock s photos were eventually reproduced as colored lantern slides One set of signature views contained numerous brightly lit tepees, rendered so that the great circular Blackfeet encampment looked like an enormous group of coloured Japanese lanterns His pictures, the photographer claimed, were not posed but were instead of real life In truth, McClintock s photographs captured the attire and activities of the Blackfeet during the few weeks each year when they actively celebrated their old ways Rather than recording day to day reservation life, they instead revealed the photographer s own romantic ideals and nostalgic longing Lanterns on the Prairie explores the motivations of the players in McClintock s story and the historic context of his engagement with the Blackfeet The photographs themselves provide an irreplaceable visual record of the Blackfeet during a pivotal period in their history Photos from the early 1900s recording the traditional religious and domestic aspects of Blackfoot life, which had already largely disappeared at that time with the loss of the buffalo and other game and the coming of the railroad and mining interests to northern Montana Although the opening essays are ambivalent about McClintock and his romanticism, his photos and recordings of music are proving useful to the tribe s present efforts at cultural renaissance.