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The Ainu Group at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904

James W. Vanstone
Arctic Anthropology
Vol. 30, No. 2 (1993), pp. 77-91
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40316339
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The Ainu Group at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904
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Abstract

In 1904 a group of nine Ainu were brought from Hokkaido to St. Louis to constitute, along with other Native peoples from throughout the world, a "living group" exhibit in the Department of Anthropology at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. W. J. McGee, chief of the department, secured the services of the Ainu through the efforts of Professor Frederick Starr of the University of Chicago, who made a trip to Japan for the purpose. The Ainu were a popular feature of the Exposition, but it is unclear how they fitted into the evolutionary savagery-to-enlightenment sequence that was the underlying theme of anthropology at the Exposition.

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