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

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

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.

Details

Date:
March 21
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/fabricating-the-authentic

Venue

Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Phone:
617-496-1027