Wikipedia

When I attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, my instructors suggested that one of the most important ways to influence the conversation about my topic was to update the Wikipedia entry on Julia Pastrana. Makes sense since so many people begin with and/or consult Wikipedia when they research. Today, I …

Databases and Challenges

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working on establishing a chronology¬†for Pastrana’s travels in both North America and Europe for a Neatline component to my project. The easiest part of this effort has been (by far) her travels in the United States. I’ve been able to find many digitization …

Julia Pastrana Online

Julia Pastrana (1834-1860) once performed in the U.S. and all over Europe. An indigenous woman from Mexico, Pastrana spoke several languages, danced, and sang. In spite of these accomplishments, the majority of people came to see her because of her physical appearance. Her body was covered with hair and she …