The Fan Hitch PostScript
Number 5, posted
January 2020
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The Aboriginal Dog as a Domesticate


Neuroanatomy and Behavior Correlations

Specialized Sledge Dogs Accompanied Inuit Dispersal Across the North American Arctic

Cold Case Reopened and Other QIMMEQ News

Langsomt på Svalbard (Slowly on Svalbard)

Frossen Frihe (Frozen Freedom)

Restoring a Historic Nansen Sledge

Media Review: Kamik, an NFB documentary

IMHO: A View from Across the Divide


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From the Editor…

First, my apology for last issue’s URL problems accessing PostScript #4. I am so sorry for the confusion it may have caused. It sure did confuse me!

As promised in PostScript editorial #4, here in #5 are reviews of the four research papers. The Fan Hitch is deeply indebted to Dr. Sarah Brown for her contribution which simplifies the research in which she prominently participated, “Specialized Sledge Dogs Accompanied Inuit Dispersal Across the North American Arctic.” This research, ten years in the making, is all about the Inuit Sled Dog.

Back in December when I wrote the Post Script #4 editorial, I didn’t have anything beyond those four papers to offer in #5. That changed big time, more than doubling the planned articles!

It has been a while since visiting the National Film Board of Canada’s Unikkausivut – Sharing Our Stories  website where I found a delightful video, Kamik, that I am sure you will enjoy.

Another apology if I make you uncomfortable for what I feel is necessary to talk about.  Much preferring to stick to positive topics while avoiding certain contentious issues, I now feel compelled to voice my opinion relating to a current issue surrounding the Canadian Kennel Club registered Canadian Eskimo Dog. I decided a long, long time ago that I was not going to rant about that side of the dog world except when a line was crossed invading the world of the aboriginal landrace Inuit Sled Dog. Well, I believe that line has been traversed therefore I have written “A View from Across the Divide” to express my position in no uncertain terms.

There is upbeat news, however. Gisle Uren, good friend and contributor to The Fan Hitch Journal, will undertake this April a month-long trek with his eight Greenland Dogs and a companion, Jens Otto Nørbech-Eidem, from their home in Norway to Svalbard. Please join me in wishing their “Langsomt på Svalbard” (“Slowly on Svalbard”) trek a totally successful, enjoyable and safe, polar bear-free adventure. As a bonus to this issue of PostScript, Gisle has included details of a book he has written! Gisle is a fine example of an owner living outside of the arctic who is doing right by his Inuit Dogs.

One of the greatest joys I have experienced over these past two-plus decades of publishing for The Fan Hitch is meeting friends I never knew I had. I am thrilled to have a wonderful contribution from John Wright, a retired British Antarctic Survey veteran (1976-1979) now living in Canada. He offers his experience restoring the Nansen sledge used by Ken Hedges on Wally Herbert’s 3,600+ mile British Trans-Arctic 1968-69 Expedition.

Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads.

                Sue and Mark