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By Nancy J. Parezo

ISBN-10: 0803237596

ISBN-13: 9780803237599

World’s gala's and commercial expositions constituted a phenomenally profitable pop culture stream in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. as well as the latest technological options, every one exposition showcased advertisement and cultural indicates, leisure concessions, nationwide and company screens of wealth, and indigenous peoples from the colonial empires of the host country.
 
As scientists claiming really expert wisdom approximately indigenous peoples, specifically American Indians, anthropologists used expositions to advertise their quest for pro prestige and authority. Anthropology is going to the Fair takes readers in the course of the 1904 Louisiana buy Exposition to work out how anthropology, as conceptualized through W J McGee, the 1st president of the yankee Anthropological organization, showcased itself via courses, static monitors, and residing indicates for thousands of individuals  “to express 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 degree. The reader will see how anthropology itself used to be replaced within the process.
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Only McGee, who valued autonomy, would fight to keep the bae’s purpose solely anthropological research. McGee’s other friends, including Alexander Graham Bell, joined the letterwriting campaign to muster the scientific community’s support, but they were not successful. Scholars wrote to Langley and Smithsonian regents complaining about the arm twisting. Geologist J. C. ”15 After Holmes took over, McGee avoided the bae offices. He searched for archaeological ruins in Minnesota and Nova Scotia and visited sites in New Mexico.

The anthropology committee ultimately relied on Frederic Ward Putnam’s assessment of the plan. Putnam sent his departmental report for the 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition. He noted that it had taken more than two years to plan the exhibits, locate, transport, and assemble artifacts and peoples, and several months to dismantle the department after the exposition closed. The total cost was just under three hundred thousand dollars. Putnam suggested that the plan would take longer and cost more than anticipated, and that there were innumerable details to be addressed.

Distinctive housing was also critical, reflecting the desire to illustrate environmental adaptation through the display of palm-leaf bowers, yurts, subterranean houses, stockaded huts, hogans, pueblos, and tipis. Rather than have a separate exhibit building with static exhibits, the plan integrated archaeology with ethnology. The past would be joined with the present to eliminate a false dichotomy and emphasize cultural continuity. Past tribal customs would be shown in connection to each group’s ethnographic present.

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