Anthropology Goes to the Fair: The 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition by Don D. Fowler, Nancy J. Parezo
World’s fairs and industrial expositions constituted a phenomenally successful popular culture movement during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition to the newest technological innovations, each exposition showcased commercial and cultural exhibits, entertainment concessions, national and corporate displays of wealth, and indigenous peoples from the colonial empires of the host country.
As scientists claiming specialized knowledge about indigenous peoples, especially American Indians, anthropologists used expositions to promote their quest for professional status and authority. Anthropology Goes to the Fair takes readers through the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition to see how anthropology, as conceptualized by W J McGee, the first president of the American Anthropological Association, showcased itself through programs, static displays, and living exhibits for millions of people “to show each half of the world how the other half lives.” More than two thousand Native peoples negotiated and portrayed their own agendas on this world stage. The reader will see how anthropology itself was changed in the process.
Nancy J. Parezo is a professor of American Indian studies and anthropology at the University of Arizona and the curator of ethnology at the Arizona State Museum. She is the editor of Hidden Scholars: Women Anthropologists and the Native American Southwest. Don D. Fowler is a professor of anthropology, emeritus, at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author of A Laboratory for Anthropology: Science and Romanticism in the American Southwest, 1846-1930.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Series Editors' Introduction Prologue: Setting the Stage for St. Louis Chapter 1 Organizing the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Chapter 2 WJ McGee and the Science of Man Chapter 3 Planning the Anthropology Department and Model Indian School Chapter 4 Assembling the “Races of Mankind” Chapter 5 Presenting Worthy Indians Chapter 6 The Model Indian School Chapter 7 The Philippine Reservation Chapter 8 The Anthropology Villages Chapter 9 The Polyglot Pike Chapter 10 Being a Living Exhibit Chapter 11 In the Anthropology Building Chapter 12 Anthropological Performances Chapter 13 Celebrating the Fair and Going Home Chapter 14 The Experiences of an Exposition Epilogue: Passing into History and Moving On Appendix 1: McGee’s Racial Classification Schemes Appendix 2: Native Participants Notes References Index