There Existed Human Zoos: 13 Depressing Photos That Will Destroy Your Faith In Humanity.
Carl Hagenbeck is credited as the one who made zoos as we know them now. He created the cells without bars, and which were kept closer to the animal’s natural habitat. Mr. Hagenbeck can also be credited as the one who began human zoos. He got the permission to run such zoos in 1889, from the chilean government. 11 Selk’Nams were taken to Europe to be displyed in human zoos. And also some "purely natural" tribe members were soon be sujected.
#12 Sarah Baartman, the girl who personified the human zoos.
Baartman was brought to London in 1810, by an exoic animal-dealer. He promised her that he will pay her with wealth and fame. But it’s clear that he had something other in his mind, to display her and make money from these shows. Baartman was having a genetic condition, and because of that she had unusually large buttocks and genitals. She became the hootest topic of attraction in those times. They gave her tight fitting clothes and made a display show of her. She was treated like something exotic. After her death only her her skeleton, brain and sexual organs were displayed in the museum of mankind in Pasris till 1774. Later in 2002, it was Nelson Mandela who requested her remains to be repatriate.
#11 This is a “Peoples Show” in Brussels, Belgium, where the young Black girl is fed by the white spectators.
Africans and native Americans were often kept in zoos for the public display. Such exhibition of human beings continued till 1950s. In Europe, this was practiced recently till early 2000s. In a country like Germany, Africans were specially brought to keep it for a public display in zoos and carnivals in 20th century, and it was called a "People's Show." The Cincinnati zoo kept one hundred native Americans in a mock village at the zoo for three months. This continued for several years and resulted in world wide fury and outrage.
#10 Congolese pygmy Ota Benga, on display at the Bronx Zoo in New York City.
The sign outside of her fenced in area of the primate exhibit read, "Age, 23 years. Height, 4 feet 11 inches. Weight, 103 pounds. Brought from the Kasai River, Congo Free State, South Central Africa, by Dr. Samuel P. Verner. Exhibited each afternoon during September."
Ota was often made to carry around chimpanzees and other apes. Benga shot targets with a bow and arrow, wove twine, and wrestled with an orangutan in order to entertain people. But these incidents got lots of criticism from other parts of the world which resulted in "withdrawal" of such exhibition.
#9 The human zoo of Paris.
In order to display the power and in order to promote it, the French built six villages in the 'Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale.' The 1907 exhibition was based around several distinct villages representing all the corners of the French empire Indochine, Madagascar, Congo, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco. This attracted millions of people all over the world and thus France had a showcase of its power. The village basically exhibit the colonies, from the architecture to the agricultural practices.
#8 "Negro village": A mother carrying her child.
The idea of "Negro Village" was the most popular in Germany, where the ideas of Social Darwinism were widely spread and accepted by many people. Even Otto Bismarck visited "Negro Village" exhibition.
#7 Caged and displayed.
Africans, Asians, Indigenous people and many others were often caged and displayed in a makeshift 'natural habitat'. These human displays were very popular and shown at world fairs where they drew Europeans and Americans in their tens of millions
#6 Parisian world fair.
The 1931 exhibition in Paris was so successful that 34 million people attended it in six months, while a smaller counter-exhibition entitled The Truth on the Colonies, organized by the Communist Party, that attracted very few visitors.
#5 Forced to dance.
Pygmies were made to dance during numerous exhibitions to entertain visitors.
#4 Five Indians from the Kawesqar tribe were kidnapped in 1881.
Five Indians from the Kawesqar tribe (Tierra del Fuego, Chili) were kidnapped in 1881 and transported to Europe to be demonstrated in a human being zoo. All of them died a year later.
#3 Africans shooting archery in 1904 St Louis "Savage Olympics Exhibition"
The Olympics consisted of native Americans and other tribesmen from several corners of the world, such as Africa, South America, the middle east, and japan. It was organised by White Americans. The reason behind presenting this "savage" people is that director James Edward Sullen wanted to prove that the "savages" were less athletic in comparison to "civilised", white Americans.
#2 Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale: The human zoo of Paris, [Factory].
In 1906, this Congolese replica "factory" was built in Marseille as part of a colonial exposition in attempt to imitate life. Congolese families were also brought over to work in the factory. In February 2004 its remains were burnt down.
#1 Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale: The human zoo of Paris [Abandoned and ignored].
Today, the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale is treated as a stain on France’s history. Kept out of sight behind rusty padlocked gates for most of the 20th century, the buildings are abandoned and decaying, and the rare exotic plantations have long disappeared.
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