Pipaluk Freuchen Biography

Pipaluk Freuchen
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Pipaluk Freuchen was born early in 1918 near the Umanak Colony in Greenland. Her father was Peter Freuchen, the famous Arctic explorer and writer, and her mother, Navarana, was an Eskimo. Most of what is known about Freuchen comes from various accounts written by her father, who gained an international reputation for his 1906 expedition to Greenland's east coast with Knud Rasmussen and for his founding and governorship of the Thule colony in northwest Greenland. Her mother's death in 1921 from Spanish influenza left Freuchen to the care of her father. As a result, she grew up in Thule, the northernmost settlement in the world, and frequently traveled to the various villages along Greenland's west coast. She spent her early years as a typical Eskimo child, learning the language and customs of her people. When she was twelve, however, Freuchen set out with her father to Denmark...

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