Prize of the Pole

About This Episode


In 1897, Robert E. Peary, the first American to “conquer" the North Pole, brought back six polar Inuit to create an exhibition at a New York museum. The only one who survived was a young boy, Minik.

Peary, who spent decades among the Inuit and married an Inuit woman, became a foster father to the orphan -- even as he was secretly preparing the bones of Minik’s dead father for display at the Museum of Natural History. Peary’s Inuit great-grandson, Hivshu, also called Robert E. Peary II, confronts this unsettling history when he makes an expedition to his ancestral home in order to discover his cultural legacy and learn about his namesake.