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The Fan Hitch, Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog, is published four times a year. It is available at no cost online at: http://thefanhitch.org.
The Fan Hitch welcomes your letters, stories, comments and suggestions. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit submissions used for publication.
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This site is dedicated to the Inuit Dog as well as related Inuit culture and traditions. It is also home to The Fan Hitch, Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog.
About The Fan Hitch
We have been recreational mushers since 1972, first with Alaskan Malamutes and since 1996 only with our first Inuit Dogs. In the early 1980s we began visiting communities across Arctic Canada. All but two of our Inuit Dogs have come directly from the Canadian North either as puppies or adults, most of those as ‘retirees’ from traditional teams. As a result of the our interest in polar regions in general and traditional Inuit Dogs specifically, The Fan Hitch newsletter was established in July 1998 in both paper (with the March 2012 issue, we retired the nearly fifteen-year run of our subscription print edition) and electronic format. Since then it has grown in scope, evolving from a newsletter into a journal, earning its moniker’s double entendre meaning both the traditional way of hooking up Inuit Dogs to a qamutiq (sledge) and as a place where people of all interests and backgrounds gather to search for information and share experiences and expertise on a wide variety of topics relating to the Inuit Dog. Several contributed articles have won awards for both prose and poetry, and the publication itself has won the Dog Writers’ Association of America’s “Best Newsletter” on its first (and only) submission.
Access to this website has always been unrestricted and free. No dues are required to “belong”, no passwords necessary to access any web pages, nor are donations solicited. Over the past several years thefanhitch.org, best considered a passionate grass roots endeavor, has evolved from just a place to read the quarterly publication to a compendium of broadly informational resources not only about the Inuit Dog but also Inuit culture and tradition, since it is impossible to separate the People from their dogs. A visit to our Subject Index will reveal the breadth and width of material covered since 1998, much of which has been unselfishly contributed by folks who have made the periodical an informative and useful resource for educators, research scientists, medical (veterinary and human) and legal professionals, authors, filmmakers, explorers both past and present, the media, governments and of course Inuit Dog enthusiasts, some of whom do not even own this aboriginal dog.
Stories about dog show wins or dogs as “pets” have no place here. If you are just discovering the Inuit Dog or are a new visitor to thefanhitch.org you might want to start your exploration of our web pages by first reading “Defining the Inuit Dog” where you will read our frank position in greater detail in the form of a rather broad discussion of this aboriginal dog’s history, present and future.
The Fan Hitch website encourages your questions, comments and suggestions. Whatever inquiries we cannot answer can usually be directed to one or more of a wide-ranging roster of personal and professional contacts who have demonstrated an eager and unselfish willingness to assist. Their generous support has been instrumental in making the website become the “fan hitch” that it is.
As of December 2012 The Fan Hitch, website and journal of the Inuit Sled Dog has not been associated in any way with the Inuit Sled Dog International.
The Fan Hitch journal is published in March, June, September and December. Article submissions are welcome for consideration. A letter of self-introduction should be the first step so that writers can be familiarized with the journal’s modest requirements.
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updated July 2014