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 1897, American explorer Robert Peary brought Minik Wallace, a young Polar Eskimo, from northwestern Greenland to New York. During his 12 years in America, Minik's adoptive family went from riches to rags, and Minik's own life was shattered by the traumatic discovery of his father's skeleton on display in the American Museum of Natural History. Sent back to Greenland in 1909, Minik had to relearn his native language and hunting skills to survive. Told here for the first time, this dark chapter from the golden age of Polar expedition is based on original research in Greenland, Denmark, and the U.S.
Publisher: South Royalton, Vt. : Steerforth Press ; [Toronto] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2000.
ISBN: 9781883642532
Branch Call Number: 921 WAL
Characteristics: xvi, 277 p., [40] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 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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