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Give Me My Father's Body


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ISBN 10: 0920245781 / ISBN 13: 9780920245781
Editorial: Blackhead Books, Frobisher Bay,NWT, 1986
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa blanda
Librería: Hockley Books IOBA member (Palgrave, ON, Canada)

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Book has brown surround with sepia photo of boy standing dressed in furs. Some slight edgewear including creases where book has been opened. Inside is a folded letter signed Doris Harper who may be the author's wife. The letter is to a friend and about selling this early version of the book. Book is signed by author. This book is about a "Polar Eskimo" from north-western Greenland who was taken to New York as a living specimen for museum. N° de ref. de la librería 003045

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Título: Give Me My Father's Body

Editorial: Blackhead Books, Frobisher Bay,NWT

Año de publicación: 1986

Encuadernación: Paperback

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: N/a

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

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Everything -- my home, my eskimo culture -- all has been taken from me. Even my dead father's body could not be claimed for sacred burial.

In 1907 the New York World carried a sensational full-page article. Next to an artist's sketch of a pleading boy, his arms outstretched toward the American Museum of Natural History, the headline blared, "Give Me My Father's Body."

Ten years earlier the renowned polar explorer Robert Peary had sailed into New York harbor with six Eskimos as his "cargo." He deposited them with museum scientists as "living specimens" and then abandoned them. Four Eskimos died within a year. One returned to Greenland. Only Minik, a boy of six or seven, remained.

During his twelve years in New York, Minik learned English, played sports, went to church, and acquired a taste for big-city life. But all that ended abruptly when he found his father's skeleton on display at the museum. Disillusioned with white society and desperate to return to his people, Minik finally sailed for Greenland in 1909. He succeeded in relearning his native language and the hunting skills he needed to survive, and even assisted a new generation of polar explorers, yet the rest of his life became a search to find a place where he truly belonged.


At last returning to print, Give Me My Father's Body is the thought-provoking tale of Minik, a young Inuit boy brought to New York by Robert Peary around the turn of the 20th century. Told simply and interspersed with personal letters and newspaper clippings, the book examines Minik's life both as a cross-cultural meeting place and a deeply personal search for a place to call "home." Photographs throughout of Minik give a glimpse into the incredible differences between the multiple worlds he inhabited, and how impossible it must have been to live in these worlds successfully. The title derives from one of Minik's more harrowing experiences--finding his father's bones displayed in a natural-history museum as a "curiosity"--and his attempts to retrieve the bones for a more respectful burial. Author Kenn Harper, while including many facts and articles about Arctic exploration, refrains from sharing opinions about the various explorers or their methods, choosing to share this story--and his years of research--plainly. From the death of Minik's birth father to the financial ruin of his American foster family, the events of Minik's childhood seem like one disaster after another, and his adulthood--the successful return to Greenland, followed by disappointment and a subsequent return to New York--is an unhappy struggle to find some kind of personal fulfillment. Questions of racial and cultural differences make an inescapable larger framework for Minik's life, and the emotions brought forward in answering those questions make reading this book a powerful experience. --Jill Lightner

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