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35.000 human beings where displayed in zoos

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Aug 22, 2020 - 1:23:20 PM

JoeDownes

Netherlands

3274 posts since 2/7/2008

These men and women where put on the same level as animals. They were displayed to promote a hierarchy of the races and to justify the colonization of the world. They had to act as if they were cannibals, although they had been. These shows of so called savages made racism popular.
I think we need to do our best to try and understand what happened then and how this history is still playing today.
It disturbed me I read someone here that someone compared taking people from their home with force, putting them on a ship that's designed to let some of them die, selling them for money and putting them into forced for the rest of their lives labor is compared to putting people in need of help in a care home.

Aug 22, 2020 - 3:42:31 PM

5782 posts since 9/5/2006

so it wasn't just blacks or africans,, these people were displayed from all over the world,, its astounding that this would happen even as late as the early 1900s. wonder if P T Barnum ever had such displays ?

Aug 22, 2020 - 3:46:49 PM

nakigreengrass

New Zealand

5216 posts since 5/16/2012

Hi Joe. This kind of thing is important to us in New Zealand. It's part of the historical grievance discussions going on here at the moment. One of NZs first export industries was severed human heads... and no respected 19 century aristocratic would have a drawing room without one displayed.....

There was a industry in NZ in early colonial times, where Maori would hunt their enemy, give them a full facial tattoo, ( which traditionally would have only been on the face of a high ranking tribe member), then kill them, and export their decapitated head to Europe. Their was a great demand for this kind of "artifact".

At the time, this kind of thing was considered as normal commodity trading between different ethnic groups similar to slavery...which of course was not a activity unique to white people of the time. It was actually a great way for Maori to finance war's against their traditional enemies, by trading heads to Europeans for guns and powder.... In NZ, it caused " the musket wars" which was based on "Utu" which was about traditional tribal grievances. The tribes that generated income by trading to the whites, were then in a better position to buy arms and exterminate their traditional enemies.

Was this all caused by evil white colonists ?... kind of....but Maori were certainly an informed and willing partner...In recent years lots of these heads have been repatriated from Europe back to NZ and given traditional Maori burials. It doesn't really get talked about much here among Maori folk, but those severed heads do represent the killed enemies and slaves of the Maori people that are now giving them an honorable burial, more than they afforded them when they were a living human beings.

This subject is a far reaching subject, and pertains to the racial problems that are still with us today. I could write quite a bit more on the human zoo story related to NZ....but......we'll see how this thread goes.

Aug 22, 2020 - 3:58:20 PM
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USA

13844 posts since 6/30/2015
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Someone else can look it up, but I'm going from memory. Someone who brought either some Pygmies or cannibals from Africa to a U.S. Worlds Fair (Chicago?) repaid the favor by appearing at their tribe sitting in a chair, smoking a pipe and reading a newspaper. Also at a Worlds Fair (Chicago?) Eskimos (Inuits) were displayed and had to wear their full fur coats even though it was summer.

Aug 22, 2020 - 4:22:54 PM

55695 posts since 12/14/2005

Adventurer Richard Halliburton recounts being at some sort of traveling circus in GERMANY, some years prior to WW2, where one of the side shows was advertised as being a pair of genuine African Cannibals.

Richard reports that he was close enough to hear them speak to each other.

"It sure am HOT today."
"Sure am"

 

(If memory serves, he wrote is as SHO' am , not SURE am.)

Edited by - mike gregory on 08/22/2020 16:24:02

Aug 23, 2020 - 2:32:11 AM

5782 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

Adventurer Richard Halliburton recounts being at some sort of traveling circus in GERMANY, some years prior to WW2, where one of the side shows was advertised as being a pair of genuine African Cannibals.

Richard reports that he was close enough to hear them speak to each other.

"It sure am HOT today."
"Sure am"

 

(If memory serves, he wrote is as SHO' am , not SURE am.)

 


one cannibal says to the other " does this french taste funny to you"?

i read where halliburton and his pilot moye stephens,, had a plane called the flying carpet and took a chief of a head hunters tribe a ride in the airplane. he paid them with 60 kilos of shrunken heads, they dared not refuse but dumped them as soon as they could later.

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