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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.