Give Me My Father's Body The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo

ISBN-10: 074341005X
ISBN-13: 9780743410052
Edition: 2001 (Reprint)
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 2/27/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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 called Hope in 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 Body is 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.

Kenn Harper has lived in the Arctic for over thirty years in Eskimo communities in the Baffin Region & in Qaanaaq, Greenland. He has worked as a teacher, development officer, historian, linguist, & businessman. He speaks Inuktitut, the Eskimo language of the eastern Canadian Arctic, & has written extensively on northern history & the Inuktitut language. He now lives in Iqaluit, capital of the new Arctic territory of Nunavut, & was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Kevin Spacey is a contributor for the following Algonquin Books Title: A Twist of Lemmon

Foreword
Introduction
Peary's People
The Iron Mountain
Arrival in America
An Eskimo Orphan in New York
Minik, the American
The Wallace Affair
Scam
"Destined to a Life of Tears"
Give Me My Father's Body
In the Interest of Science
"The Very Pitiful Case of Minik"
"A Hopeless Condition of Exile"
The Polar Plan
Runaway
"An Iron-Clad Agreement"
Return to Greenland
An Eskimo Again
The Thule Station
Uisaakassak: The Big Liar
Wanted: Dead or Alive
The Crocker Land Expedition
Back on Broadway
The North Country
Epilogue
Afterword
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Photo Credits
Index

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