The Fan Hitch Volume 14, Number 3, June 2012

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog International
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Editorial: A dog for all seasons

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Tumivut: Healthy Diet for Dogs

Qimmivut (Our Dogs)

Media Review: Nunavut Quest: Race Across Baffin Update

The Chinook Project Returns to Labrador


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One of the many landscapes in Sirmilik National Park
Screen shot courtesy of: Z. Kunuk/Parks Canada


reviewed by Sue Hamilton

Zacharias Kunuk, (Atanarjuat, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, Before Tomorrow) applied his award-winning filmmaking skills to craft a ten-minute gem highlighting one corner of the Canadian Arctic. To celebrate one hundred years of Parks Canada, the National Parks Project commissioned thirteen filmmakers to create thirteen documentaries, each featuring one of Canada’s thirteen national parks. That Kunuk was chosen to showcase Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park was truly a match made in heaven.

                                                      Provided by Parks Canada

Sirmilik, Place of Glaciers, is at the northern end of Baffin Island. The region is rich in diversity of landscape and wildlife. It is a wilderness of incredibly breathtaking beauty. Kunuk's work is exquisite and, in combination with a haunting sound track, the results are ethereal. Of course, this video is not about the aboriginal dogs that traveled this region for eons, but readers of The Fan Hitch are encouraged to visit the National Parks Project website to enjoy and study this performance and imagine what traditional travel for survival might have been like.

It is no surprise that on March 8th of this year, Kunuk received a Genie award (the counterpart of the United States' Oscars) in the Short Documentary category for Sirmilik.

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