Thursday, October 27, 2011

If this is Thursday it must be postcards, 10

The entrance to the Eskimo Village

The postcard Thursday last week featured the Igorrote village from the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition held in 1909, this week we look at another of the live displays. These living exhibitions seem strange and perhaps even offensive today but they were very popular and common for the time period. The Eskimo Village was billed as representative of Alaskan and Siberian Eskimo tribes. Once again the people are dressed in native costumes and and are supposed to be depicting the life and customs of the people. The group was comprised of adults, children and babies as well as a few sled dogs.

The Eskimo baby, "Raltugia"

This baby was a very popular attraction. It looks almost as if it was sewn into the suit it is wearing. Lest we think that only the Igorrote and Eskimo babies were on display another living exhibition had incubators with local newborn babies.

Thirty-two members of the Eskimo Village at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, 1909.

And here we have Igorrote and Eskimo children or toddlers identified as babies posed together.

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