The Fan Hitch   Volume 17, Number 1, December 2014

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

From the Editor: Heading Out and Coming Home


Far Fur Country Documentary Projects Come to Fruition!


The Epidemiology of Rabies in the Canadian North


Okpik’s Dream en Route to Completion


Puvirnituq Snow Festival


Book Review: How to Build an Iglu and a Qamutiik


IMHO: The Best Laid Plans

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Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

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Far Fur Country Documentary Projects Come to Fruition!

Back in June 2012 The Fan Hitch first published news of an exciting project to recreate a previously “lost” 1920 Hudson Bay Company (HBC) film celebrating their 250 years of operations in Canada. The footage used to accomplish this – originally shot using explosively flammable silver nitrate film, the state of the art medium back then – is a cultural time capsule, a treasure trove of nearly century-old aboriginal life, both below and above the tree line.

It has been a treat for The Fan Hitch to be able to follow the progress, to have met Five Door Film’s Kevin Nikkel and enjoyed the video samples he shared during his presentation at the Snow Walkers’ Rendezvous in Fairlee, Vermont in November 2012.  It was especially fascinating to observe the positive reactions to his presentation by others at this gathering. Clearly Nikkel’s project has indeed been something very special. As excited as I was about the sections of life above the tree line, I was most impressed by Five Door Film’s respectful commitment to sharing the project with all aboriginal people whose communities and ancestors were featured in the original film.



Recreating The Romance of the Far Fur Country was itself a journey, both technically and geographically, and we are grateful that Kevin Nikkel had the foresight to document the process. The result is On the Trail of the Far Fur Country. Since the September update in The Fan Hitch, there have been Canadian screenings in Winnipeg, Dauphin, Yellowknife, Toronto and Waterloo; in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA; and Orkney in Scotland.

And right now the On the Trail of the Far Fur Country DVD is ready for purchase and soon The Romance of the Far Fur Country can be yours as well! Both documentaries are being distributed through the Winnipeg Film Group.

The On the Trail of the Far Fur Country DVD is regularly $25 CAD for home use but is now on sale online for $20. Pre-order The Romance of the Far Fur Country, regularly $35 for home use, now on sale for $30. Or get both for $45 CAD. This special pricing holiday sale ends January 5, 2015. After January 5th you can enter the coupon code “trapline” to receive $5 off. Coupon valid for a limited time only.

Please note: DVDs are Region 0. International orders accepted. Shipping is extra. The Romance of the Far Fur Country DVD will be available in January 2015 and all pre-orders will be shipped out when it arrives. DVDs are also available for Educational Use. For more info please visit or email Monica Lowe at the Winnipeg Film Group or call her (204) 925-3456 ext. 103.
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