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Paris museum explores 'savage' history

An exhibition which explores Western society's fascination with people from other races for purposes of entertainment has opened in Paris.

From the days of Christopher Columbus until well into the 20th century, "specimens" from places such as Africa and the Pacific Islands were displayed in "human zoos" across Europe.

The Invention Of The Savage opened at Paris's Quai Branly museum in late November.

Curator Nanette Snoep showed BBC News around some of the exhibits and explained why the museum had decided to tell the story.

  • 27 Dec 2011
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