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Hall of Pacific Peoples

A Pioneering Anthropologist

Laura Watson Benedict (1861–1932) the first anthropologist to travel to the Philippines in 1906 to study the Bagobo people brought back the hornbill spoon, now on display in The Power of Poison exhibition. 

Tags: Anthropology, Poison

Poison Hornbill Spoon Interior Long

A Hornbill Spoon

For much of human history, poisoning—whether by accident or malice—was much more common than it is today. How was the hornbill spoon used to protect against the threat? 

Tags: Anthropology, Poison

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