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

By Nancy J. Parezo

World’s festivals and commercial expositions constituted a phenomenally winning pop culture flow through the 19th and 20th centuries. as well as the most recent technological options, each 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 good 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 throughout the 1904 Louisiana buy Exposition to work out how anthropology, as conceptualized via W J McGee, the 1st president of the yank Anthropological organization, showcased itself via courses, static monitors, and residing indicates for thousands of individuals  “to exhibit each one 1/2 the area how the opposite part lives.” greater than thousand local peoples negotiated and portrayed their very own agendas in this global degree. The reader will see how anthropology itself was once replaced within the process.
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The paper ended with a call for human stewardship of the world and its natural resources, because McGee envisioned a future in which humans would control bacteria, dam rivers and lakes, and transform minerals into new substances (McGee 1894a, 1894b). 11 This became an expensive symbol of the independence that the bae enjoyed and Langley’s inability to gain oversight over its activities. McGee became the scapegoat of his resentment. As Powell’s health failed, and as he became a target, McGee began to try to shore up his position.

1), born in 1850 in Kentucky, was a Washington University graduate, a wealthy grain exporter, banker, and civic leader with a reputation for efficiency, decisiveness, organization, and raising money. He had served as mayor of St. Louis (1885–89), governor of Missouri (1889–93), and secretary of the interior under President Grover Cleveland (1896–97). 3 By 1902 the lpec Board had selected Forest Park as the fair site. The 657acre tract of virgin forest, located away from the crowded downtown area, was surrounded by stately homes and large tracts of agricultural land.

They created a series of plaster-of-Paris models of Southwestern ruins and pueblo villages that were the highlight of the government exhibits at the 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition along with Jackson’s photographs. Soon Holmes became a material culture specialist for the Bureau of American Ethnology, noted especially for his study of aboriginal pottery. He became the consummate “museum man” — immersed in material culture studies and what objects can be made to tell (Fernlund 2000; Holmes 1902, 1903a; Meltzer and Dunnell 1992).

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