Minik the New York Eskimo

Australia
September 29, 2007 7:35am CST
Has anyone heard about this? I only found out tonight. accidentally stumbling across some info on the net. In 1897 a scientist brought 6 inuit eskimos from greenland to New York to 'Study' them. To cut a long story short, within a year 4 dies of tuberculosis, one was sent back to his home and the other was adopted by a museum official. The bodies of the 4 that dies weren't even returned home. In fact, their bones were kept among the museum's artifacts until 1993 when, after bad press they decided to send the remains back. This story saddened me. They were treated like freaks. I would like to read the book 'Give Me My Father's Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo' by Kenn Harper, it sounds very interesting. Have any of you heard of this story before?
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@puchapox (583)
• Philippines
29 Sep 07
Nope, but once you started the topic I opened wikipedia and searched for it..It did sound so sad that 6 people from greenland were taken to US without them knowing what will happen to them. Its weird how people used to treat people not of their origin as if they are experiments or creatures without feeling.
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