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Name Clarke, John L. (1881-1970)
Dates & Places of Birth and Death Born: 1881 in Highwood, Montana.
Died: 1970 in East Glacier Park (Midvale), Montana.
Nationality Blackfeet
Occupation Wood carving, painting.
Notes "I carve because I take great pleasure in making what I see that is beautiful."-John L. Clarke

After Clarke's first show in Helena in 1916, he began to receive worldwide acclaim. His works were exhibited in New York, Boston, London, and Paris and were collected by many notable figures-including President Warren G. Harding, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Charles M. Russell-as well as by countless visitors to Glacier National Park.
Relationships His paternal grandfather was Malcolm Clarke. In 1869, Malcolm was killed by his wife's cousins. His death was a precipitating cause in the 1870 Marias Massacre, the worst Indian massacre in Montana history.

John's parents, Horace and First Kill, were involved in ranching and mining.

In 1918, Clarke married Mary "Mamie" Simon. Mamie acted as a valuable business partner. She handled contracts, promotion, and sales. The Clarkes adopted a daughter, Joyce, in 1931.
Role Artist
Titles & Honors 2003 - Inducted into the Gallery of Outstanding Montanans.
Education Fort Shaw Indian School near Great Falls, MT
North Dakota School for the Deaf in Devils Lake, ND
St. John's School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, MN

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