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American Experience; Minik: The Lost Eskimo


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American Experience
Minik: The Lost Eskimo
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In October 1897, the renowned Arctic explorer Robert Peary returned to New York from his latest Greenland expedition. At the request of anthropologist Franz Boas, he brought with him five polar Eskimos for study at the American Museum of Natural History. The embryonic science of anthropology regarded the Eskimos as a rare species and their arrival in New York caused a sensation. Within months, however, four of the Eskimos had fallen sick and died, leaving a seven-year-old boy named Minik to fend for himself in a foreign land. Eventually adopted by a member of the museum's staff, it was 16 years before he was able to return to his native Greenland. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE production retraces Minik's life journey to provide a look at the intersection of race, culture and the nascent science of anthropology in America at the turn of the 20th century.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Minik: The Lost Eskimo,” 02/25/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 15, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0CA29394898A46278E8074A77BC22CEA.
MLA: “American Experience; Minik: The Lost Eskimo.” 02/25/2008. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 15, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0CA29394898A46278E8074A77BC22CEA>.
APA: American Experience; Minik: The Lost Eskimo. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0CA29394898A46278E8074A77BC22CEA
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