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|From the Editor....
“Often imitated, never duplicated”
Slogan of the Traub Manufacturing Company, 1927
Welcome to the second edition of The Fan Hitch PostScript. Thanks so much for joining us. This time we present two articles, both media reviews, but in different formats.
Back in the September 2016 issue of The Fan Hitch Journal, during a review of Zachariah Kunuk’s latest film, Maliglutit, we included a one-sentence reference to his film in production at that time, Hunting With My Ancestors (Sivulita Angunasukpaangit). In this issue there is a review of this wonderful seven-part documentary. Although shot in the current time, each segment contains extras, some of which include archival images of hunting in times gone by. Even well before cameras were invented, one cannot help but wonder what it must have been like to harvest animals without benefit of wooden or metal tools (ice chisels, rifles, fishing nets, knives, harpoons, motor boats) and just with dogs whose extraordinary talents not only pulled heavy loads under sometimes horrid circumstances, but also boldly assisted in the hunt. Hunting With My Ancestors depicts the “now”, but reminds us to appreciate the “then”…and the role these dogs played in all aspects of human survival; characteristics honed over centuries, that those of us who truly care about this aboriginal landrace would like to see persist into the future.
The PostScript’s second article is a review of the recently released book, The Canadian Inuit Dog: Icon of Canada’s North by Kim Han. What a great pairing for this issue! Han describes the “then” and “now” when she explains what it means to be an aboriginal landrace dog. If it is difficult to envision just how these traditional dogs managed to do what they did back then, Han describes what made them “tick”. As you will read, “then” is different from “now”. Although those times have largely changed in the North, Han differentiates what the essence of today’s landrace Inuit Sled Dog is, and should continue to be, from the cultured version that has long since traded in “then” for a different form of “now”.
We admit to enjoying the more laid back pace of publishing the PostScript. Having said that, we very much welcome submissions to our new periodical. Feel free to email us your contributions or to inquire about our simple guidelines.
Wishing you the holiday season you desire and, of course, as always, smooth ice and narrow leads,
Sue and Mark