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Anthropology Goes to the Fair: The 1904 Louisiana Purchase by Nancy J. Parezo

By Nancy J. Parezo

World’s gala's and commercial expositions constituted a phenomenally winning pop culture circulate through the 19th and 20th centuries. as well as the most recent technological concepts, every one exposition showcased advertisement and cultural shows, leisure concessions, nationwide and company monitors of wealth, and indigenous peoples from the colonial empires of the host country.
As scientists claiming really expert wisdom approximately indigenous peoples, in particular American Indians, anthropologists used expositions to advertise their quest for pro prestige and authority. Anthropology is going to the Fair takes readers during the 1904 Louisiana buy Exposition to work out how anthropology, as conceptualized by way of W J McGee, the 1st president of the yank Anthropological organization, showcased itself via courses, static monitors, and residing indicates for hundreds of thousands of individuals  “to convey each one 1/2 the realm how the opposite part lives.” greater than thousand local peoples negotiated and portrayed their very own agendas in this international level. The reader will see how anthropology itself used to be replaced within the process.

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He was active in developing many exposition classification schemes between 1893 and 1915. ” This encyclopedia was valuable because it had full, accurate, and reliable information. ”18 A New Department of Anthropology Still no decisions were made. The board was finalizing contracts for the major pavilions and worrying about finding more land. Forest Park only accommodated the Main Picture; there was no room for the Pike, the Philippine Reservation, half of the state pavilions, or an anthropology building.

Thus St. Louis would have a very 20 | Organizing the Louisiana Purchase Exposition large entertainment zone, the Pike. Studies of previous zones indicated that the biggest draws were concessions featuring “exotic” peoples, especially those from other continents. To do this, the organizers decided they needed an anthropology committee (Higginbotham 1898, 482–91; Buel 1904). It was the first departmental committee of the fair. The First Anthropology Committee Article 7 of the lpec’s bylaws established a standing committee for a department of anthropology on May 14, 1901.

The exhibits produced by Holmes and Mason for the 1892 Madrid fair, and Holmes, Mason, and Cushing for Chicago, mark transition points in American anthropological exhibits and, indeed, the theoretical orientation of American anthropology. For Chicago, Cushing developed four Southwestern life groups (Hopi kitchen, Navajo silversmith, Navajo weavers, and Zuni kiva ceremony,) and Holmes designed Apache, Sioux, and Powhatan family groups. This was the first use of ethnographic life group exhibits in the United States, and they were extremely popular.

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