Seattle: Lucia/Marquand, 2012. illustrations (chiefly color), color map. Item #114715
Born in Sinaloa, Mexico, Julia Pastrana (1834-1860) was a gifted singer, musician and dancer who could converse in English, Spanish and French. She also suffered from one of the most extreme cases of hypertrichosis lagunigosa on record and severe gingival hyperplasia: her face and body were covered with thick hair and her jaw was disproportionately large. Pastrana toured North America and Europe billed as 'The Ugliest Woman in the World.' After her death, her body was exhibited throughout Europe and the US. In 2003 visual artist Laura Anderson Barbata learned of Pastrana’s extraordinary history and set out to repatriate and bury her remains. Until her recent repatriation to Sinaloa, her body was kept at the University of Oslo, Norway. Pastrana's story raises issues around beauty, ownership, science and racism, human rights, colonialism, sexism and indigenous rights. CONTENTS: The strange story of Julia Pastrana / Jan Bondeson -- Julia Pastrana, the "Extraordinary Lady" / Rosemarie Garland-Thomson -- My quest for Julia Pastrana's mummy / Jan Bondeson -- Julia Pastrana and the art of restitution / Grant H. Kester -- The repatriation of Julia Pastrana: scientific and ethical dilemmas / Nicholas Márquez-Grant -- The repatriation pilgrimage of Julia Pastrana / Laura Anderson Barbata -- Lives on show, bodies behind glass: Julia Pastrana's parallels in museum collections / Bess Lovejoy -- Chronology -- Contributors -- Acknowledgments.