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In 1911, 55 Igorots were brought to Europe. They were exhibited in France, Scotland, England, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

No one would have learned about it had it not been for a group of starving Igorots found wandering the streets of Ghent in Belgium.

To make matters worse, it was discovered that they had not been paid for many months. Nine members of the group also died, including five children.

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The Igorots dressed in European clothing | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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