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By Nancy J. Parezo

World’s festivals and business expositions constituted a phenomenally winning pop culture flow throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. as well as the most recent technological thoughts, 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 during 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 shows for hundreds of thousands of individuals  “to convey 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 global degree. The reader will see how anthropology itself was once replaced within the process.

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They wanted artifacts but no congress of races. Francis now felt that to try to send expeditions was unpractical. Lehmann strenuously objected, so the board tabled the problem yet again. The anthropology committee stagnated. 17 Under the new streamlined organization, the lpec was divided into four executive divisions, with internal departments, without official advisory committees. The Department of Anthropology became Department H, part of the Division of Exhibits under Skiff ’s direction. Skiff reported directly to Francis.

They apparently thought the ambitious plan would be very expensive. One unnamed “leading anthropologist” stated that he estimated that living expenses for each demonstrator would be two dollars per day. There would also be preparatory expenses, travel, outfitting, and wages for the lpec agents, translators, and enticements for group members. He said that for seventy-five groups the absolute minimum would be one and a half million dollars, but three million was actually realistic (McGee 1905d). The anthropology committee ultimately relied on Frederic Ward Putnam’s assessment of the plan.

Skiff took Putnam’s advice on this point but not the focus on archeology. ”16 The board approved the title change but again tabled the report and requested more study. Skiff Takes Charge of the Division of Exhibits The lpec reached no official agreement on the report. It sat with others in Francis’s office. The company was in trouble and it was soon clear that it would not make its mid-1903 anticipated opening. The anthropology committee disbanded in frustration. Holmes and McGee received no correspondence about the initiative and there is no further mention of it in their papers.

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