The film tells how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in what scholars today call “human zoos.”
Evolution, the New York Times lectured, is “No more debatable than the multiplication table.” Sound familiar?
Robert Wilson’s work brought him into contact with survivors of Canada’s eugenics regime, eventually drawing him into research and advocacy.
Some voices, if not necessarily thoughtful or serious ones, have recognized this, while at the same time missing the point.
What could be more wholesome or innocent than a visit to the zoo? You may ask that now, but it was a quite a different state of affairs a century ago.