Fabricating the Authentic: Presenting Anthropology at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

Fabricating the Authentic: Presenting Anthropology at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

Lee Baker will discuss how anthropology became publicly mired in racial politics and the contested arena of Indigenous representation.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Frederic Ward Putnam, one of the Peabody Museum’s earliest directors, played a key role in establishing anthropology as a scholarly field. He was also a driving force behind the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where he aimed to present authentic exhibits about Indigenous cultures. His vision, however, was compromised by both the Exposition’s administration, which framed the exhibition of Indigenous people as entertaining freak shows, and by “friends of the Indian,” who wanted to show their “progress” toward civilization. Lee Baker will discuss how anthropology became publicly mired in racial politics and the contested arena of Indigenous representation.

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