Monday, September 12, 2011

Polar Explorers Explored More Than the Just Poles

Polar explorer Rear Admiral Robert Peary and chief aide Matthew Henson are credited with the discovery of the North Pole in 1909. The two and their crew had set up camp in Greenland in the 1890's and relied on native Inuit men to guide them and help them with provisions and logistics on their journey.

It also seems that being men, they had manly needs to attend to as well, turning to the Inuit women for more intimate explorations. Women who bore the men many children.

The children they fathered so far away from their own wives and families at home, were unknown for decades and what started out as almost a tragedy for them has become a source of pride and success.

"After the Americans left in September 1909, never to return or communicate with the Greenlanders, their Inuit families fell into destitution."

"Admiral Peary's forgotten son first came to outsiders' attention through French explorer Jean Malaurie, who spent a year with the Polar Eskimo tribe in 1950-51 and later wrote of Kaala, who was almost killed by an enraged walrus while hunting.

Anaukaq Henson, who died in 1987, remained little known until Harvard University's S. Allen Counter journeyed to Greenland's far north in 1986 to confirm rumours of ‘black Eskimos'"


Today the Great-Great Grandchildren of these famed polar explorers are striking out on their own and finding a a globalized world of difference.

American polar explorer Robert E. Peary stands with husky sled dogs.

This photo provided by Robert E. Peary II, also known as Hivshu Ua, shows him in Qaanaaq, Greenland. He is the Inuit great-grandson of U.S. polar explorer Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary

This story is intriguing and a MUST read.

Follow the link for the full article including many more pictures:
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