John Strand: Ota Benga
book-cover by Frizztext
World Wild Life Fund projects save pandas and white tigers, stray cats and stranded dolphins. Hollywood actresses fetch little children from Africa to their Los Angeles homes – and sometimes maybe girls from India are adopted to save them, I don’t know. Sometimes I remember Ota Benga, the pygmy, who was saved into the Bronx Zoo, the New York Zoological park. Maybe a Zoo is not a big problem for small animals, but for the big animals we have the duty, to make the conditions better, where they are living already for thousand years. And for human beings: not mercy for individuals helps, but to give to a whole population the rage, to fight for justice and liberation and equality. The free world should deliver courage and information. Not only to the states in Arabia. We have to make some dialogs with China and India too…
one of my photos became a book cover – thanks to Broadway Play Publishing Inc – Ota Benga (from the pygmies in Africa) – he ended up at the Bronx Zoo (1904). 40,000 visitors a day came to see him… (he made suicide with a revolver 1916); comment by GINAS PICS: In 1906 the crowds thronged the monkey house exhibit at the Bronx Zoo (New York Zoological Park). Here were man’s “evolutionary ancestors” – monkeys, chimpanzees, a gorilla named Dinah, an orangutan named Dohung and an African pygmy tribesman named Ota Benga.
- Gallery: Animals We Wish Would Escape From The Bronx Zoo (thegloss.com)
Where do you find this stuff? Very interesting… I will explore further. 🙂
c ompliments to this great cover
a picture says more than 1000 words