The Lost Tribe of Coney Island

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island

Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century

Book - 2014
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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. 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.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : New Harvest, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780544262287
Characteristics: xxvi, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Aug 15, 2017

The Igorrotes, these particular folks, also came to Portland in September 1905 as part of the amusement trail of the Lewis & Clark Centennial Exposition.


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