A necklace from New Guinea made from human and dog teeth. Museum of Man collection

Cannibals turn out to not be what you think they are in a unique exhibit opening Saturday at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park.

It turns out they’re warriors from many cultures, European kings and queens, American and European sailors, American colonists, accident survivors and the sick — all have eaten human flesh in different situations.

Highlights of the one-of-a-kind exhibit include:

  • Hearing the emotional, first-hand account of the Uruguayan rugby players who, trapped high in the Andes Mountains, resorted to cannibalism to survive
  • Playing the “Donner Trail” video game based on the doomed Donner Party: will you live or die?
  • Learning why European explorers falsely used the label of “cannibal” to enslave and control people around the world
  • Seeing how parts of the human body have been used as medicine over the centuries

The exhibit is recommended for ages 10 and up and special charges apply. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.