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Anaukaq Henson and Kale Peary

Updated: Feb 22, 2019

For all the people who are interested in Hivshu's family and who know some of his relatives, it will be good and useful to see this video (a fragment of the documentary). In this video, you can see the fragments of the meeting Professor S.Allen Counter with Anaukaq Henson and Kale Peary (Hivshu's grandfather). Anaukaq Henson and Kale Peary were Inuit sons of 2 famous American polar explorers Matthew Henson and Robert Peary. Later all these meetings helped Professor S.Allen Counter to write the book "North Pole Promise". Professor S. Allen Counter (Samuel Allen Counter Jr. (July 8, 1944 – July 12, 2017)) was a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and inaugural director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. In 1986, Counter located descendants of earlier U.S. explorers of the Arctic, Matthew A. Henson and Robert E. Peary. Counter was elected to The Explorers Club in 1989. One of his most popular books is "North Pole Promise". This book even produced the documentary of the same name. "North Pole Promise" tells the story of a secret legacy of two famous explorers: Commander Robert Peary and Matthew Henson — one white, one African American, who, with four Inuit assistants discovered the North Pole in 1909. Peary and Henson returned to the US shortly after and never went to the Pole again. They each left behind sons, fathered with indigenous Greenlandic Inuit women. In the 1980s, on a research trip to Greenland, Dr Allen Counter was introduced to two men in their eighties — the surviving “Amer-Inuit” sons — one from each explorer. Dr Counter, an explorer himself, tells of discovering the fate of those children and ultimately honouring them and their illustrious forebears on the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the North Pole. The book and the documentary tell about Hivshu's family, Hivshu's Inuit and American relatives and the history of exploring the North Pole by Robert Peary and Matthew Henson.

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