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There Existed Human Zoos: 16 Depressing Photos That Will Destroy Your Faith In Humanity

6. A “Negro Village” in Germany displaying a mother and her child.  

Mother with her child
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This exhibit was among the most popular there, and was even visited by Otto von Bismarck.

Another photo from the “Negro Village”:

Negro Village
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7. Several indigenous people and African and Asian races were often caged and displayed in a makeshift “natural habitat”.

Africans, Asians, and Indigenous people at human zoo
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These human displays were incredibly popular and were shown at world fairs across the world, from Paris to New York.


8. The Parisian World Fair, 1931.

Paris World Fair
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The 1931 exhibition in Paris was so successful that 34 million people attended it in six months; a smaller counter-exhibition – “The Truth on the Colonies”, organized by the Communist Party, attracted very few visitors.(source)

9. People visiting zoos during several world exhibitions were entertained by groups of pygmies who were forced to dance.

Pygmies dance
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10. In 1881, five Indians of the Kawesqar tribe (Tierra del Fuego, Chili) were kidnapped to be transported to Europe to be displayed.

Kawesqar tribe
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All of them died within a year.

11. Here, people of indigenous races are shown participating in archery at the “Savage Olympics Exhibition”  organised in 1904 in St Louis by the whites.

Savage Olympics Exhibition
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Organised by the white Americans, The Savages’ Olympics consisted of Native Americans and other tribesmen from several corners of the world, such as Africa, South America, The Middle East, and Japan. The idea for an Olympics featuring these “savages” sprung from games director James Edward Sullen’s suggestion to implement this in order to prove that the “savages” were less athletic in comparison to “civilised”, white Americans.(source)


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