Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Olympic Games History

During the Olympics of 1904, something called "Anthropology Days" was held. On Anthropology Days, 12-13 August 1904, "savages" in native costume from Congolese pygmy tribes, the Phillipines, Patagonia, and various native American tribes, who were barred from regular Olympic games, competed against each other in such non-standard events as mud fighting, rock throwing, greased pole climbing, and spear throwing. "Olympics founder Baron de Coubertin righteously noted that such a charade ‘will of course lose its appeal when black men, red men, and yellow men learn to run, jump, and throw, and leave the white men behind them.'"

See the rest of this story thanks to the History News Network blog.