FRAZIER, (Francis) Philip. b. Santee Sioux Reservation, Nebraska, 2 June 1892; d. Yankton, South Dakota, 28 September 1964. Philip Frazier is best known in hymnology for his paraphrase, ‘Many and great, O God, are thy works’* (or ‘thy things’), of a Dakota-language hymn attributed to Joseph Renville* in Dakota Odowan (‘Dakota Hymns’).
Frazier’s life and work are described in his own words in a typewritten letter which he sent to Paul Gordon Richter of Dartmouth College, dated 7 December 1959: ‘Now about my story. It’s just an ordinary life… I was born in a teepee. My mother and father were full blood Sioux Indians. My father was a Congregational minister for 35 years among his own...
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