Christmas in the Arctic
The expedition members partake of their 1914 Christmas dinner in the Arctic. There would be many more to come. The Inuit Mene, better known as Minik, had just returned to the Arctic with the Crocker Land Expedition. In 1897 Robert Peary had brought Minik, his father Qisuk, and four other Inuit to the United States. After Qisuk died, his skeleton was displayed in the American Museum of Natural History , much to the distress of Minik who tried unsuccessfully try to reclaim his father’s bones. Although the bones were eventually returned to the Inuit in 1993, Minik had died in the worldwide influenza outbreak in 1918.