Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum
Caught in the Middle: the Tragic Life of Minik Wallace
October 2, 2018 - January 20, 2019
Hubbard Hall foyer
Unidentified photographer: Mene in Kayak, Umanak, 1914. Gift of Margaret Tanquary Corwin.

On the 100th anniversary of his death, we look at the life of Minik, a young Inughuit boy who in 1897 travelled to New York with his father and other relatives to spend a year working with an anthropologist. What began as an adventure ended in tragedy when Minik’s father, and most of the others, died of respiratory diseases. Minik was adopted and raised by an American family and did not return to Greenland until 1909. He lived there until 1916 when he returned to the US, only to die in the 1918 influenza epidemic.