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Use this activity with your students before or after they watch the program Minik, the Lost Eskimo.

Answer the following questions as you view the film.

  1. What was Robert Peary's ultimate goal in exploring Greenland?

  2. Who asked Peary to bring an Eskimo back from Greenland to the United States, and why?

  3. When did Peary tell the Eskimos they would return to Greenland?

  4. How old was Minik when he came to the United States? In what year did this occur?

  5. In what building did the Eskimos live when they came to the United States?

  6. At the time, did anthropologists believe that all peoples around the world are basically equal, or unequal?

  7. What did museum officials tell Minik they did with his father's body? What did they do with the body?

  8. With whom did Minik live when he left the Natural History Museum?

  9. What middle name did Minik take? Why was this an ironic choice?

  10. What caused Minik to lose faith in his new life in the United States?

  11. When, according to Peary, did he reach the North Pole?

  12. Where was Minik headed when he left New York on his own in 1909?

  13. What agreement did Minik sign before leaving the United States for Greenland later in 1909? How old was he?

  14. Why did Minik say he was no longer fit to live where he was born or where he was kidnapped?

  15. Did the Eskimos believe Peary's claim that he had reached the North Pole?

  16. What job did Minik gain on the basis of his language skills?

  17. When did Minik return to the United States?

  18. Where did Minik move in the winter of 1917? What job did he take?

  19. What disease killed Minik?

  20. What happened to Minik's body? What happened to the bodies of the other Eskimos who died in the United States?








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