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By Nancy J. Parezo

World’s festivals and business expositions constituted a phenomenally profitable pop culture flow in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. as well as the most recent technological thoughts, every one exposition showcased advertisement and cultural indicates, 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 determine how anthropology, as conceptualized via W J McGee, the 1st president of the yank Anthropological organization, showcased itself via courses, static screens, and dwelling indicates for thousands of individuals  “to exhibit every one 1/2 the area 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 was once replaced within the process.
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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. This would implicitly make the primitive groups living memorials of the past of all mankind. ” The anthropology committee agreed that the plan would have great visitor appeal. In fact, it could be the most outstanding feature of the St.

Francis referred the matter to a new working group (himself, a Mrs. Campbell, and a Mr. Shapleigh), which essentially tabled the decision. Meanwhile Francis requested his friend, Frederick Skiff (fig. 6), director of the Field Museum in Chicago, to think about the matter. Skiff met with Putnam and reviewed the Holmes-McGee plan and decided it would cost more than a million dollars. Putnam next met with Francis and submitted a Organizing the Louisiana Purchase Exposition | 29 Fig. 6. Frederick J.

He recorded archaeological sites and studied local geology as he went, climbing down wells to look for stratigraphic sections. 35 Fig. 1. William J. McGee, 1900, Chair of lpe Department of Anthropology. Photograph by DeLancey Gill. Courtesy of National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, negative no. 02861200. Starting in 1875, McGee spent four years making a geologic and topographic survey in northeastern Iowa. He covered some seventeen thousand square miles, the most extensive area ever surveyed without federal aid.

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