Abraham Ulrikab

In 1880, Abraham Ulrikab, his wife, their two young daughters and four other Inuit from northern Labrador agreed to go to Europe to become exhibits. None of them ever saw their homeland again. All were killed by smallpox. / En 1880, Abraham Ulrikab, son épouse, leurs deux fillettes, et quatre autres Inuits du nord du Labrador acceptèrent de partir pour l'Europe afin d'y être exhibés. Aucun d'entre eux ne revit sa terre natale. Le groupe fut décimé par la variole.
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Abraham Ulrikab was on display across Europe in what amounted to a 'human zoo.' He and seven others from an Inuit community in Labrador were shipped to Germany in the late 1800s. The Current speaks with an Inuit elder who wants to bring their remains home.

Shocking history of Inuit trapped in 'human zoos' revealed in documentary

Abraham Ulrikab was on display across Europe in what amounted to a 'human zoo.' He and seven others from an Inuit community in Labrador were shipped to Germany in the late The Current speaks with an Inuit elder who wants to bring their remains home.

A la fin du XIXe siècle, des "Esquimaux" originaires du Labrador ont été exhibés en Europe comme des animaux. Cinq d’entre eux connurent une fin tragique.

Le destin tragique des Inuits piégés dans un zoo humain

Trapped in a Human Zoo CBC-TV, 11 February 2016 Caption: A forgotten diary tells the story of Labrador Inuit trapped in the world of human zoos in Europe, in the century.

Nuggasak, Paingu, Tigianniak. October 1880. Hamburg

Members of an Inuit family on exhibit in 1880 in Hamburg at Hagenbeck's Thierpark.

Salome Awa displays an archival image from the book "Northern Voices" showing her great grandfather shaman Ava in his sacred caribou skin parka. Abraham and his family happens to appear on the page as well. (Kieran Oudshoorn/CBC)

Nunavut family outraged after fashion label copies sacred Inuit design

Salome Awa displays an archival image from the book "Northern Voices" showing her great grandfather shaman Ava in his sacred caribou skin parka. Abraham and his family happens to appear on the page as well.

Cette gravure illustre un des épisodes les plus étonnants de la traversée de la mer du Nord. Le 21 septembre 1880, au large de l’archipel d’Héligoland, près des côtes allemandes le bateau qui transportait les Inuits fut soudain pris dans une tempête. Tigianniak se précipita alors à la proue et se mit à gesticuler en poussant des hurlements. Un des Esquimaux expliqua à l’équipage que le sorcier était "en train de faire de la magie pour avoir du bon vent" / © M. Hoffmann

Le destin tragique des Inuits piégés dans un zoo humain

Tigianniak crossing of the Atlantic. Illustration by Hoffmann

Tobias. October 1880. Hamburg.

Visit the National Museum of Photography in Rotterdam.

Abraham. October 1880. Hamburg.

Visit the National Museum of Photography in Rotterdam.

Tigianniak

Visit the National Museum of Photography in Rotterdam.

Ulrike and Maria. October 1880. Hamburg.

Visit the National Museum of Photography in Rotterdam.

The concept of a ‘Human Zoo’ is a pretty daunting one to grasp. One is able to read many historical documents which show how  two Inuit families were lured from their homes in Labrador to tour Europe in the 1880s and perish in a Parisian hospital from Smallpox. But to put those documents into an order as so to put a face on the issue is not only a noble one, but one that is needed to improve the human condition in order for us to improve ourselves. And that is what France Rivet has done

The Face of the ‘Human Zoos’

Scanned image of Pages “The Stay in Darmstadt and Nuggasak’s Death” from In The Footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab by France Rivet.

Abraham Ulrikab's story featured in new exhibit by the German Embassy in Ottawa.

Abraham Ulrikab's story featured in new exhibit by the German Embassy in Ottawa.

Abraham Ulrikab featured in exhibit "Germany and Canada: Partners from Immigration to Innovation" which opened in Ottawas on June 27, 2017

Abraham Ulrikab featured in exhibit "Germany and Canada: Partners from Immigration to Innovation" which opened in Ottawas on June 2017

Tigianniak, Paingu and Nuggasak

Tigianniak, Paingu and Nuggasak

Family from coast of Labrador, around 1880 (ressemblance with some photos of Abraham's group are striking)

Family from coast of Labrador, around 1880 (ressemblance with some photos of Abraham's group are striking)

Q&A with author France Rivet. https://pacifictranquility.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/to-see-that-it-was-feasible-to-put-the-tragic-events-of-1880-behind-and-have-a-conversation-was-very-inspiring-qa-with-author-and-explorer-france-rivet/

Q&A with author France Rivet. https://pacifictranquility.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/to-see-that-it-was-feasible-to-put-the-tragic-events-of-1880-behind-and-have-a-conversation-was-very-inspiring-qa-with-author-and-explorer-france-rivet/

Hans Blohm browsing the issue of Canada's History magazine with the article on Abraham Ulrikab.

Hans Blohm browsing the issue of Canada's History magazine with the article on Abraham Ulrikab.

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