When the Inuit Were Put in Zoos

1 12 2009

In 1880, a group of Inuit were transported to Germany to be exhibited in a zoo alongside wild animals. One of the Inuit, Abraham Ulrikab (c. 1845-1881) kept a diary during his captivity in trip to Europe. This diary was recently translated into English and published by the University of Ottawa Press. Ideas, CBC’s Radio 1’s flagship documentary program, is currently broadcasting a two-part documentary based on the diary. You can download the podcasts and check out images here. It is worth checking out.

Kudos to Ideas director Paul Kennedy for his stewardship of this program. Ideas has been broadcasting some very good documentaries  of late.