This unusual pavilion is modeled on an aborigine hut and is named for 2,000 tribal groups throughout the world which are still so primitive that they have no written language. It is sponsored by the Wycliffe Bible Translators, an American society dedicated to carrying the scriptures to primitive peoples. The WBT reduces their unwritten tongues to simple phonetic systems, and translates the Bible into this new, easily understood writing. In the pavilion is a museum of artifacts from many different tribes. Five contemporary paintings depicting Amazon scenes are displayed in an adjoining theater. From time to time demonstrations of the translating process are also given by WBT scholars.

Not well remembered by most visitors to the Fair, photographs of the WBT pavilion are relatively hard to find. (CD #18 Set 94 #9)


Bowls and Blowguns. On view in the museum are totem poles from the Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest, brightly colored feather capes, carved wooden ornaments, bowls and woven work from North and South America. An exhibit also shows how Amazon Indians make blowguns and mix the poison they put on their darts - just one of the hazards WBT missionaries have encountered. Large photographs show WBT emissaries teaching basic hygiene and agriculture to primitive tribes, and providing medical care.

A pair of colorful totem poles stood guard outside the pavilion. Inside, the main attraction was "From Savage to Citizen," a 100-foot long mural by Douglas Riseborough depicting how the Bible has brought peace and civilization to remote corners of the world. (CD #62 Set 255 #13)


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