Anthropology Days at the 1904 Olympics

Since everyone seems to have Olympic fever these days, I thought it might be worthwhile presenting an article on 1904 Olympics and the ‘Anthropology Days’ that preceded the games during the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. The fair organized a series of games to see whether the savages brought from around the world displayed any athletic ability. Ainu vs. Zulu, Sioux vs. Bedouin, Patagonians against Philippine Igarot tribesmen. The dismal results were loudly proclaimed as evidence of their inferiority. Lovely, just lovely. Makes me proud to be a native St. Louisan.

What's for dinner?While I’m at it, let’s settle this legend that Dogtown got it’s name from Igarot tribesmen poaching all the dogs from the area during the fair. It’s nonsense, an urban legend that has become popular in the last few years. My parents never heard of such a thing, and they’ve lived in St. Louis all their lives. I mentioned it to both of them during my recent visit and they looked at me like I was crazy. Don’t know how this one got started, but it needs to be discredited.