University of Edinburgh to host the premier of the film, 'The Human Zoo''

The film which tells the incredible story of two Labrador Inuit families, who in 1880, lured by promises of adventures and wealth, embarked for Europe to become the latest attraction in the now-forgotten world of ethnographical shows (also known as “human zoos”) will be screened on Thursday, August 23rd from 11am to 1pm.

In Association with the “Dead Images” Exhibition at the Edinburgh College of Art (and part of the Edinburgh Arts Festival), we are hosting two events which may very well be of interest to some of you. The first event will be of particular interest to those with an interest in Canada and the legacy of settler colonialism in Canada.
 
On Thursday, August 23rd from 11am to 1pm, we are very pleased to host the UK premier the film “Trapped in a Human Zoo” which tells “the incredible story of two Labrador Inuit families, who in 1880, lured by promises of adventures and wealth, embarked for Europe to become the latest attraction in the now-forgotten world of ethnographical shows (also known as “human zoos”). Soon, the Inuit realized their mistake and longed to return home. Sadly, none of them did: All eight died from smallpox less than four months after setting foot in Europe. If not for one small diary written by a member of the group named Abraham, their tragic story would have been forgotten forever. More than 130 years later a French-Canadian, France Rivet, not only discovered this fascinating story, but also located the remains of the Inuit in the vaults of a museum in Paris. Then begins her quest, as well as that of Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe, to discover the whole truth and to repatriate their bones.” We are very pleased to have France Rivet with us and she will provide an introduction to the film and be happy to answer any questions following the screening. Again the screening is Thursday, August 23rd from 11am to 1pm in the Cinema Space (room 0.25), Hunter Building, Edinburgh College of Art. It is free but spaces are limited. Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trapped-in-a-human-zoo-2016-uk-premier-with-a-discussion-with-author-and-researcher-france-rivet-tickets-49041723114
 
The day before, Wednesday, August 22nd from 12noon to 1pm, there will be a public lecture by John Harries (Social Anthropology) and Linda Fibiger (Archaeology) entitled 'From touch to taboo: The ethics of handling human remains', which explores the issues of touch, knowing and the moral standing of anonymous human remains with specific reference to some (very preliminary) work with a nameless skeleton. The lecture will take place in the “information lounge” of the “Dead Images” exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art, Studios C6, C7, and C8 (follow the signs for the Edinburgh Arts Festival). Lecture is free … just show up.
 
For more information on the Dead Images project see: https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/event/dead-images-facing-history-ethics-and-politics-european-skull-collections; and https://dead-images.info/who-we-are/
 
Dead Images is part of the TRACES project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 693857. For more information on TRACES see: http://www.traces.polimi.it/