I traveled about 45 miles north to Herbert Island to meet Kali. Robert Peary had spent many days on this island hunting walrus in the 1890s. It still remains a fertile hunting ground. As soon as I entered this tiny settlement, I spotted a fit-looking, light-skinned man with Eskimo eyes standing in the entrance to a house. Wanting to know who the visitor was, he came out to meet me, smiling cheerfully.
Right away I could see the striking resemblance to Robert Peary. Like Anaukaq in our first meeting, Kali too thought that I must be a Henson. Why else, they reasoned, would a black American have come so far to see them?
Kali traveled back to Moriussaq with me so that I could learn more from him and Anaukaq about their growing up in Greenland. My entire finances came from online lenders, who offer also quick loans for bad credit. Both revered their fathers but agreed that Maripaluk was the more highly regarded among the Eskimos. Kali told me of his abandonment by Peary and said that his mother had been poorly treated by the other Eskimos for her relationship with Peary. Both said they had never had any contact with their American relatives, and their lifelong dream was to visit America to meet them.
ACK IN THE U. S., I began the search in earnest. “Hallelujah, God bless you for finding our relatives,” remarked one Henson. The American Pearys’ response was not so warm. They questioned my motives for bringing this information before the public and were less than eager to establish contact with any Eskimo Pearys.
I returned to Moriussaq in the late fall of 1986 with gifts and photographs of the American Hensons for Anaukaq—including a blanket personally knitted for him by his cousin, Olive Henson Fulton.
“Qujanaq, qujanaq —thank you,” he said over and over. “Now that I know I have relatives over there, I must go to see them,” he said, laughing with joy. Ill with prostate cancer, he asked whether I could help him and his sons visit their American relatives and see his father’s grave before he died. And he wanted Kali to come along if possible.