I'm enjoying the process of collecting materials for a tribute to Eugenia Shorrock, owner of The Reptile Zoo formerly of Alton Bay, New Hampshire. I feel a connection to Eugenia because, like me, she re-located to New Hampshire from Massachusetts and created an idiosyncratic retail business to reflect her passionate interests. We were pretty much the same age, too. I was 42 when I took to the hills. Eugenia was 44.
I have a couple of ideas so this tribute might evolve into two pieces. In one, I want to emphasize Eugenia's herpetological interests. I have a snake skin, a road kill that I found and skinned myself, which now has a purpose. An image of an old game board in the shape of a snake will also be incorporated, along with various images from old encyclopedias.
I must confess that I have had a strange fascination for these tribal trophies ever since I saw the shrunken head in the collection of the Peabody Museum (now the Peabody Essex Museum) in Salem, Massachusetts. Back then admission was free and I could walk to the museum from my grandmother's house just to view the shrunken head and the mummy hand.
Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920.
I just discovered an interesting blog called The Miss Rumphius Effect. One of the comments in a post about a children's book titled Behind the Museum Door: Poems to Celebrate the Wonders of Museums, is a poem by author Jane Yolen about shrunken heads: "I used to spend hours as a child - Gazing into the glassy eyes, - Contemplating the sewn-together lips." Sounds like she had a similar fascination!
And a blog called Evolving Complexity has information about a recent National Geographic Channel documentary on the search for the Amazon headshrinkers.
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