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By Nancy J. Parezo

World’s gala's and commercial expositions constituted a phenomenally winning pop culture circulation in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. as well as the latest technological concepts, every one exposition showcased advertisement and cultural shows, leisure concessions, nationwide and company screens of wealth, and indigenous peoples from the colonial empires of the host country.
As scientists claiming really good wisdom approximately indigenous peoples, particularly 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 determine how anthropology, as conceptualized via W J McGee, the 1st president of the yank Anthropological organization, showcased itself via courses, static monitors, and residing shows for thousands of individuals  “to convey each one half the realm how the opposite part lives.” greater than thousand local peoples negotiated and portrayed their very own agendas in this global level. The reader will see how anthropology itself was once replaced within the process.

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15 Francis wanted more information. He asked Lehmann to talk to other anthropologists to see whether the plan was feasible, to critique its conception, amend it as needed, and comment on the projected costs. These were critical: How much would it really cost to house and feed an aboriginal family for eight months? How much would the gathering expeditions cost? Lehmann sent out letters to Putnam, Dorsey, and Boas, as well as to others suggested by McGee and Holmes. McGee noted later that all found the plan acceptable intellectually but felt that there were many logistical difficulties.

Holmes officially submitted his plan in July 1901 and both men traveled to St. Louis in August to meet with the committee. 13 Rather than rely on static dioramas, they described a representative exhibit of the world’s primitive peoples (a congress of the world’s peoples and races) arranged in assemblages of family groups. One hundred acres of land would be needed for this group, who would erect their own dwellings, conduct games and ceremonies, and make appropriate tools and art. The central portion was to be an island, on which the ruins of a Mayan temple would be reproduced at one end and the great mound of Cahokia (the real mounds were located across the Mississippi River from St.

The major exhibition buildings fanned out on either side of the cascades (fig. 4), and this area was referred to as the Main Picture. The twenty-four-acre Palace of Agriculture, the horticulture and forestry palaces, foreign pavilions, an athletic field, a stadium, and an aeronautic con- Organizing the Louisiana Purchase Exposition | 17 Fig. 2. Plan map of exposition. Map by Charles Sternberg. Fig. 3. Natives participate in the transportation parade in the Grand Basin. Library of Congress, lc 10901, 3245.

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