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Title: Rare models: Roger Casement, the Amazon, and the ethnographic picturesque.
Authors: Wylie, L
First Published: 2010
Citation: IR STUD REV, 2010, 18 (3), pp. 315-330
Abstract: In 1910 Roger Casement was sent by the British government to investigate the alleged humanitarian abuses of the Peruvian Amazon Company in the Putumayo, a disputed border zone in North West Amazonia. Casement brought more than verbal and written testimony back to London. On 26 June, some six months after he returned from the Amazon, Casement collected two Amerindian boys - Omarino and Ricudo - from Southampton docks. This paper will reconstruct the brief period that these young men spent in Britain in the summer of 1911 and assess, in particular, to what extent they were treated as 'exhibits' by Casement, who not only introduced them to leading members of the British establishment but also arranged for them to be painted and photographed following contemporary ethnographic conventions.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09670882.2010.493024
ISSN: 0967-0882
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Modern Languages

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