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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.
It boggles my mind that we have come to the end or our fourteenth year of publication! (Where has the time flown?) I am so grateful to all the generous contributors of articles and images who have kept this journal going for longer than I, or likely anyone else for that matter, could ever have imagined.
While I honestly can’t say if our original goal, encouraging the continued existence of the traditional Inuit Dog in its arctic habitat, has been achieved – even a little bit, I guess we have at least attracted the attention of an eclectic group of folks who seem have found purpose or entertainment in our modest publication and expanded website. Spitz dog enthusiasts, mushers, even people who prefer the show ring to tree-lined or barren trails I would have expected to wander our way; but whip makers, marine archaeologists and knife collectors? Wow! We’re not the hub of the universe of the Inuit Dog, but I am thrilled by and grateful for the richness and diversity of our contributors and audience, so many of whom I have had the privilege to get to know and subsequently call friends.
Last week I read a September 18th Nunatsiaq News Online story describing the keen interest in a presentation at the Astro Theatre in Iqaluit, Nunavut by Five Door Films’ Kevin Nikkel. He and his colleagues are in the process of re-assembling the long lost 1920 film Romance of the Far Fur Country, originally created to celebrate the Hudson’s Bay Company’s presence in the Canadian North. Excerpts are being screened all across Canada with special interest in those regions, including arctic Canada, where parts of the documentary was shot. Nikkel hopes to gather recollections of bygone times from those who might recognize relatives or friends in the film, material for the creation of a separate documentary about the process to restore the original film.
One cannot possibly ignore that none of what life was like back then could have happened without dog power. Therefore I am most grateful to Nikkel for his dedication to this project. For sure, visions of hard working dogs from Romance of the Far Fur Country are just by-products of Five Door Films’ undertaking. However I can still hope that this venture represents another brush stroke contributing towards the completion of the overall picture which will paint a modern day success story, a renewed effort in the keeping and traditional use of Inuit Dogs.
Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads,