Give Me My Fathers Body

Give Me My Fathers Body : The Life of Minik the New York Eskimo

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The compelling and tragic story of the life of Minik, the New York Eskimo Minik, the lone survivor of six Inuit taken from their Greenland home to New York in 1897, lived a short, unhappy life. To famed Robert Peary, the Arctic explorer he was but a 'live specimen'. In New York the Eskimos were displayed to a paying public like freaks. Four of them, including Minik's father, soon died and Minik was set adrift. He found out his father's bones on display in the Natural History Museum. This makes morbidly fascinating reading. Much of the story is seen through Eskimo eyes. It's a gut-wrenching account of cultural imperialism and survival. Despite being cut off from his people, his language, and his sense of belonging, Minik never surrendered his hope of going home.show more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 22mm | 281.23g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861972873
  • 9781861972873

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