Ota Benga lives
These pictures taken at the Oakland Zoo by a friend of the blog. I’m going to have to do some research in the field before I get my full head of blog outrage-steam on, but for the moment, I offer a couple tidbits for your consideration. More to come.
Point of reference: Ota Benga.
Update from the zoo’s web site:
“Rustic materials were collected…diagrams were diligently studied…and an authentic replica of an East African hut has finally emerged! Oakland Zoo Executive Director Dr. Joel Parrott and Zoo Carpenter Rick Mannshardt spent more than seven months researching and carefully constructing the project. “My goal was to bring an authentic look, feel, and smell into the structure, so visitors receive a true depiction from the exhibit,” says Rick Mannshardt, who has been on staff at the Zoo for more than 17 years. In its completion stands a 23 ft round hut crafted to portray a pre-1903 East African design. Inside the dwelling, Zoo visitors will find a traditional mother’s bedroom, a daughter’s bedroom, and a kitchen with a fireplace. It’s an excellent opportunity to discover the traditional lifestyle of the Kikuyu people, who lived off the land, cooked over wood fires, and raised goats and sheep.”
Does that say “zoo“?
Oakland, eh? Would she take the crosstown bus over to Berkeley’s anthropology department to hang out with Ishi, maybe have a few beers?
The weirdest of these cases was the guy who they locked up in the New York zoo for 20-some-odd years. Well, no … the whole “rounding up Filipinos to be a World’s Fair exbibit” thing was pretty bizarre. Ok, the whole damn thing is bizarre.
I can’t get over the gun at the end of the Ota Benga story. The whole U.S. as Chekhov play. It’s really upsetting.
The hotnesy of your posting shines through
I enjoyed your comments at Louis Proyect’s blog.
Yup, it says zoo. More to come; I’m pouring coal into the blog outrage steam bin. And PC: yes. None of those people ever seemed to come out even remotely well at the end.
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