John Louis Clarke

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


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]


  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.'