A dispatch from a middle class neighbourhood in Tehran
In early December, I was in Morocco’s charming capital city, Rabat, which rests along the shores of the Bouregrer River and the Atlantic Ocean. I was here for a weeklong Migrant’scène Festival that celebrates the artistic contributions of migrants in Morocco. There’s a rich program on offer that includes musical performances such as by the Afro-Moroccan fusion band, the Minority Global, led by the Ghanaian-born popular singer Reuben Odoi Yemoh.
Minik was an Inuit child brought, in 1897, along with his father Qihuk, from their village in Greenland to New York City by Arctic explorer Robert S. Peary. Peary ferried the pair of them down at the request of Franz Boas, then chief curator at the American Museum of Natural History, where they lived for a short time until Qihuk died from tuberculosis. The museum staff staged a fake funeral for Minik’s father so that the boy would believe his body had been interred on museum grounds, while behind the scenes his bones were processed and stripped of flesh like any other specimen.