The New York Eskimo

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"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.
Publisher: Hanover, New Hampshire :, Steerforth Press,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781586422417
Branch Call Number: 998.2 WAL 2017
Characteristics: xv, 286 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Spacey, Kevin


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