The film tells how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in what scholars today call “human zoos.”
The film shows how a number of Christians led opposition to both human zoos and eugenics.
“Most Americans realize we need to learn from the past,” said John West, writer and director of the new documentary Human Zoos. “But we can’t learn from the past if we cover it up.”
Maybe you’ve watched The Greatest Showman — but have you heard of Barnum’s “What Is It?” exhibit?
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.