How could a Native American boy lacking the ability to hear or speak and raised at the edge of what would become Glacier National Park grow to become one of the most celebrated and collected wood sculptors in American history? It’s quite a story. John L. Clarke (1881-1970) experienced a meteoric rise to national notoriety. Many individuals and the Native American experience molded this man—who was made with the bark on.
John L. Clarke was born the grandson of Blackfeet Chief Stands Alone and infamous frontiersman Malcom Clarke (1817-1869). Malcom’s murder led in part to the 1870 Baker Massacre of 217 Blackfeet on the Marias River in northern Montana—an event burned into the memory of every Blac
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