The art of taxidermy

by Liza on May. 19th, 2006

Carl Ethan Akeley was born on May 19, 1864. Who was he, you wonder? He was a naturalist who developed the taxidermic method for mounting museum displays. He created anatomically correct mannikins, complete with every detail, to stretch hides over, and he mounted the animals in realistic poses. If you're at the museum, look around: there's lots of taxidermy to see, and it mostly began with the work of Carl Ethan Akeley.

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Leslie M-B says:

If you're interested in Akeley and in museum taxidermy, you should definitely check out Donna Haraway's essay "Teddy Bear Patriarchy: Taxidermy in the Garden of Eden, New York City, 1908-36," which has been anthologized in several places. In it, she not only tells the story of Akeley's expeditions but also writes about the cultural meanings of taxidermy. Fascinating!

posted on Sat, 05/20/2006 - 12:03am

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