Documenting history was a passion for Benedicte Marie Wrensted of Pocatello. Wrensted, a Danish immigrant, is known for her remarkable photographs of the Northern Shoshone, Lemhi, and Bannock tribes between 1895-1912, many of which are now preserved at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives.

"What sets Wrensted's work apart," says Smithsonian anthropologist, Joanna Cohan Scherer, "is her skill in portraying the humanity—the individuality—of the people who posed for her. She captured their presence with a dignity and beauty that transcend time and place." 

With the help of descendants at the Fort Hall Reservation, 84% of the subjects in Wrensted's photos have been identified.

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