DELIA “MICKIE” DENNING AKELEY #100travelHERS
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Birth: December 22, 1869; Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (lied about her age, meaning birth year is often incorrectly listed as 1875)
Death: May 22, 1970; Daytona Beach, Florida
Occupation: Explorer, author, museum curator, public lecturer
Notable journeys: From 1906-1907, accompanied her husband, a noted taxidermist, to Africa to kill elephants for display at the Museum of Natural History in New York. From 1909-1911, joined Theodore Roosevelt’s Smithsonian expedition team. In 1924, returned to Africa solo to live among forest pygmy tribes and to explore the desert region between Kenya and Ethiopia on behalf of the Brooklyn Museum.
Notable work: Jungle Portraits; JT JR: the biography of an African monkey
Quote: “In these days of high speed, skyscrapers, subways, and sublimations, we have lost of the art of seeing simply. We look at men and women as individuals, as romances, or sociological cases. We no longer look at them as manifestations of Nature, like trees twisted by the wind, or leopards with hides mottled in conformity with jungle shade.”