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.
Over the last 150 years Alaskan Yup’ik and Inupiat artists have drawn on their ancient traditions to create works reflecting their rich history of innovation and resilience in the face of many challenges.
This exhibit will explore the changes in Clothing and Identity in northern culture.
As a pioneering Arctic explorer, Peary relied on many extraordinary people, including his family, financial backers, loyal expedition members, and the Inughuit men and women of Northwest Greenland.