The Fan Hitch Volume 14, Number 1, December 2011

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog International
In This Issue....

Editorial: A Stretch of Smooth Ice

Caught by the Conditions
   
In the News

Canadian Animal Assistance Team’s 2011 Northern Clinic
   
Piksuk Media’s Nunavut Quest Project Progress Report


Tumivut: Traces of our Footsteps

Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories

Book Review: How to Raise a Dog Team

Product Review: The Black Diamond 'Icon'

IMHO: Taking the Long View


Navigating This Site

Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

Search The Fan Hitch


Articles to download and print

Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

Defining the Inuit Dog


Talk to The Fan Hitch

The Fan Hitch home page

ISDI home page


Editor's/Publisher's Statement
Editor-in-Chief: Sue Hamilton
Webmaster: Mark Hamilton
Print Edition: Imaged and distributed by the IPL students of the Ulluriaq School, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik
The Fan Hitch, Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog International, is published four times a year. It is available at no cost online at: http://thefanhitch.org.

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The Inuit Sled Dog International

The Inuit Sled Dog International (ISDI) is a consortium of enthusiasts whose goal is the preservation of this ancient arctic breed in its purest form as a working dog. The ISDI's efforts are concentrated on restoring the pure Inuit Dog to its native habitat. The ISDI's coordinators welcome to your comments and questions.

ISDI Coordinator Canada:
Geneviève Montcombroux, Box 206, Inwood, MB R0C 1P0; gmontcombroux@gmail.com
ISDI Coordinator USA:
Sue Hamilton, 55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, CT 06791, mail@thefanhitch.org

The entrants of the 2010 Nunavut Quest
                              Courtesy Piksuk Media

Piksuk Media's Nunavut Quest Project Update


by Sue Hamilton


Piksuk's much anticipated six-episode Nunavut Quest: Race Across Baffin documentary now has air dates. The Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) will broadcast as follows:

Episode 1 - Into the Wild 
Wednesday Feb 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North

Episode 2 - Wall of Snow
Wednesday March 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North

Episode 3 - Dogged Pursuit
Wednesday March 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North

Episode 4 - A Midnight Lesson
Wednesday March 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North

Episode 5 - Cut With a Knife
Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North

Episode 6 - Final Assault
Wednesday April 4, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET/MT on APTN East and APTN West, 7:30pm ET on APTN HD and at 8:00 pm CT on APTN North

The plan is to launch the Nunavut Quest website and game with the broadcast of episode 1. The online version of the game will be available to download from the website.

It is anticipated that both the documentary and the game will be available to purchase on DVDs in April 2012. Instructions on how to do that will be posted on the Nunavut Quest website. This is definitely something to look forward to. The Nunavut Quest is not a 'race' as most readers may envision if they are familiar with the sport of sled dog racing such as the Iditarod, Finnmarksløpet or Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby where dogs are run in pairs over one or more days at various distances. While the 'mechanics' of the event may bear some similarities, the Nunavut Quest is less of a race and more of a 'cultural assertion'. And this documentary is not just about what happened while the dogs were running. It is about a millennia-long history and traditions. In addition to tracking the progress of the dog team drivers themselves, there are remembrances of elders, scenes of community feasts celebrating the event, stories of how dogs were used in the past. And although the Inuit Dog was never a racing dog, and still isn't, the documentary, perhaps as much as the event itself, gives hope that there is a brighter future for this aboriginal dog. This is a must own DVD!
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