Minik was an Inuit child brought, in 1897, along with his father Qihuk, from their village in Greenland to New York City by Arctic explorer Robert S. Peary. Peary ferried the pair of them down at the request of Franz Boas, then chief curator at the American Museum of Natural History, where they lived for a short time until Qihuk died from tuberculosis. The museum staff staged a fake funeral for Minik’s father so that the boy would believe his body had been interred on museum grounds, while behind the scenes his bones were processed and stripped of flesh like any other specimen.
Our friends over at Archipelago Books are having their Fall fundraiser!
October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Purchase tickets online or send a check made out to Archipelago Books: 232 Third Street #A111, Brooklyn, NY 11215 https://archipelagobooks.org/event/fall-fete-2017/
Oh, you Malthusians, aren’t you clever? One child per human and carbon contributions are cut; that’s the solution to climate change!