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The lost tribe of Coney Island : headhunters, Luna Park, and the man who pulled off the spectacle of the century

Author: Claire Prentice, (Journalist)
Publisher: Boston ; New York : New Harvest, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells the story of how Truman K. Hunt brought a group of tribespeople to America from the Philippines to be displayed, how his publicity stunts made the show a national sensation, and how his issues with the law forced him to go on the run with the tribe across America.
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Named Person: Truman Knight Hunt; Truman Knight Hunt; Truman Knight Hunt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Prentice, (Journalist)
ISBN: 9780544262287 054426228X
OCLC Number: 881386555
Description: xxvi, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: From one island to another --
First steps --
The journey from the tropics --
The money men --
Welcome to America --
Making an entrance --
Meeting Uncle Sam --
Divided loyalties --
Tribal life in the city --
Headhunting the star attraction --
Unexpected arrivals --
Another unwelcome visitor --
The end of the American dream --
Tall tales --
Fighting for control --
A break for freedom --
Dear Dr. Hunt --
A rival enters the fray --
Memphis blues --
Raising the alarm --
A worthy opponent --
Dr. Hunt, I presume --
On the run --
Luck be a lady --
An ultimatum --
Judgment day --
Vanishing act --
In the care of the government --
A gentleman criminal --
Trials and tribulations --
A surprise reversal --
The end of the line.
Responsibility: Claire Prentice.

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Tells the story of how Truman K. Hunt brought a group of tribespeople to America from the Philippines to be displayed, how his publicity stunts made the show a national sensation, and how his issues with the law forced him to go on the run with the tribe across America.

"The Lost Tribe of Coney Island unearths the forgotten story of the Igorrotes, a group of "headhunting, dog-eating savages" from the Philippines, who were transported to New York in 1905 to appear as "human exhibits" alongside the freaks and curiosities at Coney Island's Luna Park. Millions of fair-goers delighted in their tribal dances and rituals, near-nudity, tattoos, and stories of headhunting. Journalist Claire Prentice, who has spent years researching the topic, brings the story to life with her fluid prose and vivid descriptions. The book boasts a colorful cast of characters, including the disgraced lieutenant turned huckster Truman K. Hunt; his Filipino interpreter, Julio Balinag; the theme park impresarios behind Luna Park, Fred Thompson and Elmer "Skip" Dundy; and Dogmena, a beautiful girl who became a favorite with New York's social elite. The Lost Tribe of Coney Island is a fascinating social history and a tale of adventure, culture-clash, and the American dream."--Publisher's description.

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