Inuit Entertainers in the United States: From the Chicago World's Fair Through the Birth of Hollywood
Twelve Inuit families from Labrador were brought to the United States in October 1892 to perform in an Eskimo Village at the Chicago World's Fair. Before the exposition officially opened, they produced four World's Fair babies, brought the Eskimo Village concessionaires to court, and formed a new company to establish an independent Eskimo Village outside the fairgrounds. That was only their debut performance. This profusely illustrated history documents performances at eleven world's fairs and expositions, at dime museums, with Barnum & Bailey's Circus, at Coney Island, on Fraser's Pier at Ocean Park, California, and in the film industry throughout the first decade of the Hollywood studios.
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