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Minik : the New York Eskimo / Kenn Harper ; foreword by Kevin Spacey.

Author/Creator:
Harper, Kenn author.
Publication:
Hanover, New Hampshire : Steerforth Press, [2017]
Format/Description:
Book
xv, 286 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Edition:
First edition.
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Subjects:
Wallace, Minik, 1890 or 1891-1918.
Polar Eskimos -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Polar Eskimos -- Biography.
Ethnology -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration.
Discoveries in geography.
Polar Eskimos.
Arctic Regions.
New York (State) -- New York.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
Summary:
"Sailing aboard a ship called Hope, celebrated explorer Peary entered New York Harbor with peculiar "cargo": six Polar Inuit intended to serve as live "specimens" at the American Museum of Natural History. Four died within a year. One managed to gain passage back to Greenland. Only the sixth, a boy of seven or eight with a precociously solemn smile, remained. His name was Minik. This significantly revised and updated edition of Kenn Harper's landmark book is published on the 120th anniversary of Minik's arrival in New York. Although it provides a much needed corrective to history's understanding of Peary, who was known among the the Polar Inuit as "the great tormenter," it is, at heart, the story of a boy, Minik Wallace, known to the American public as "The New York Eskimo." Orphaned when his father died of pneumonia, Minik never stopped fighting for the dignity of his father's memory, and never gave up his belief that people would come to his aid if only he could get them to understand"--Back cover.
Contents:
Arrival in America
Peary's people
The iron mountain
An Inuit 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 Inuk again
The Thule station
Uisaakassak: the big liar
Wanted: dead or alive
The Crocker land expedition
On thin ice
Back on Broadway
The north country
"They have come home"
Epilogue.
Notes:
"An Arctic explorer, a museum, and the betrayal of the Inuit people"--Cover.
"This is a greatly revised and updated version of an earlier work published as Give me my father's body: the life of Minik, the New York Eskimo"--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-270) and index.
Contributor:
Spacey, Kevin, writer of foreword.
ISBN:
1586422413
9781586422417
OCLC:
967763772