a set of wonderful portrait-photos taken in 1901 during the Jesup North Pacific Expedition in Siberia, inspired me to do this piece.
The photos are from the collection of the American Museum of NaturalHistory, the photographer was Jochelson, Waldemar, 1855-1937
The Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902) was sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History to investigate the links between the people and the cultures of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America and the Eastern Coast of Siberia. Ostensibly the goal of the expedition was to prove the Bering Strait Migration theory which postulated that the North American continent was populated by the migration of Asian peoples across the Bering Strait. However, Franz Boas, the leader of the expedition was more concerned with documenting the cultures on both sides of the Northern Pacific that he and many other anthropologists feared were soon to be lost to colonialism and acculturation.
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