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Give Me My Father's Body : the Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo (00 Edition)

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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 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.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743410052
Subtitle:
The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo
Foreword:
Spacey, Kevin
Author:
Harper, Ken
Author:
Harper, Kenn
Author:
Spacey, Kevin
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Eskimos
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Subject:
Polar Regions
Subject:
Arctic regions
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Native Americans
Subject:
Polar Eskimos.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
910
Publication Date:
March 2001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 14.91 oz

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