John Louis Clarke

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John Louis Clarke (May 10, 1881 – November 20, 1970) was a Blackfoot wood carver from Montana.

Biography[edit]

Clarke was born in Highwood, Montana. His Blackfoot name was Cutapuis. He became deaf from scarlet fever in childhood in an outbreak that killed five of his brothers.[1] He attended the North Dakota School for the Deaf in Devils Lake, North Dakota; the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind in Great Falls, Montana; and the St. John School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael McCoy (2007). Montana Off the Beaten Path. ISBN 0-7627-4423-5. John L. Clarke, whose Blackfeet name was Cutapuis, "The Man Who Talks Not," was a Blackfeet Indian born in Highwood in 1881. ... 
  2. ^ "John Louis Clarke". Retrieved 2009-10-18. Three-quarters Blackfoot Indian, John Louis Clarke was early-deafened by scarlet fever ... He attended the Montana and North Dakota schools for the deaf, and had a little formal art education. He often signed his works with his Blackfoot name, Cutapuis — 'man who talks not.'