The Forgotten History Of Human Zoos

Recently while surfing internet I saw a report on London’s Human Zoo That took a place almost 9 years age. Caged and barely clothed, eight men and women monkeyed around for the crowds in an exhibit labeled “Humans” at the London Zoo.

In the meantime through searching human zoo, accidentally I have been introduced to a phenomenon called History Of Human Zoos.

African-girl-in-human-zoo-Brussels, Belgium in 1958
African-girl-in-human-zoo-Brussels, Belgium in 1958

Aparantly during industrial revolution and creation of colonial narrative from early 18 century till 60 years ago. There were many exhibitions, camps, cages at sideshow attractions and zoos that dedicated to exposing as they called it the inferior races of different part of our planet. The savages. Or I should say people who weren’t white.

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.
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.

Sara the African girl.  The Haunting ‘Human Zoo’ of Paris
Sara the African girl. The Haunting ‘Human Zoo’ of Paris
‘Human Zoo’
‘Human Zoo’
‘Human Zoo’
‘Human Zoo’

 

“Humans” at the London Zoo – 2005

History Of Human Zoos