Give Me My Father's Body

Give Me My Father's Body

The Life of Minik the New York Eskimo

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In his search for the North Pole at the turn of the twentieth century,the renowned Robert E. Peary, long celebrated as an icon of modern exploration, used the Eskimos of northwestern Greenland as the human resources for his expeditions. Sailing aboard a ship calledHopein 1897, Peary entered New York harbor with six Eskimos as his cargo. Depositing them with the American Museum of Natural History as live "specimens" to be poked, measured, and observed by the paying public, Peary abruptly abandoned any responsibility for their care. Four of the Eskimos died within a year. One managed to gain passage back to Greenland. Only the sixth, a boy of six or seven with a precociously solemn smile, remained, orphaned and adrift in a bewildering metropolis. His name was Minik. Here, a century after the fact, is his story.A searing true tale of extraordinary darkness told with intensity and vigilance,Give Me My Father's Bodyis Kenn Harper's absorbing, intricately documented account of ruthless imperialism in the name of science, of cruel deceptions and false burials, and of the short, strange, and tragic life of the boy known as the New York Eskimo.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, c2000.
ISBN: 9780743410052
Characteristics: xvi, 277 p., [32] leaves of plates :,ill., ports. ;,21 cm.


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Jul 10, 2017

Exhaustive (almost tedious) research.

May 16, 2016

i also recommend the DVD, Minik which can be ordered from the library.

May 16, 2016

Fascinating and sad story about a young Eskimo brought to NYC by Peary. Never quite assimilated into American culture. Finally returned home to Greenland where he had a difficult time adapting back to his Eskimo culture / environment. Be sure to borrow the DVD titled Minik available at SPL.

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