The award-winning documentary The Prize of the Pole (2006) by Staffan Julén will be screened in the National Museum of Iceland tomorrow at 2 pm in cooperation with the Anthropology Association of Iceland.
The National Museum of Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The American explorer Robert E. Peary brought six Inuits with him from Greenland to New York in 1897 to put them on display at the Museum of Natural History. The boy Minik was the only Inuit who survived the ordeal. His father’s body was preserved at the museum in the name of science, a National Museum press release explained.
The Prize of the Pole features Peary’s grandson Hivshu’s (Robert E. Peary II) search for the truth about his origin and describes in a dramatic way the relations between him, his great-grandfather and Minik.
The documentary raises questions on the ethical side of research and exhibitions where humans are the subjects.
While documenting Hivshu’s journey, the film also contains rare visual and audio material from museums, shedding light on the tragic fate of the Inuits Peary brought with him to New York.
Admission to the screening is free.