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From the Editor....
"Do you know the desire to see new lands?
Do you know the desire to see new people?
I have long admired Knud Rasmussen for who he was and what he accomplished, so very opposite of what I believe were the egotistical, geopolitical, religious, commercial goals of others who came to polar regions.
Rasmussen’s achievements continue to have meaning for Inuit. The Kitikmeot Heritage Society’s (KHS) “Fifth Thule Expedition Atlas Project”, a digitization of the Fifth Thule Expedition’s accomplishments, is reconnecting today’s Inuit with their past from nearly one-hundred years ago: ancestors, places, traditions and elements of their culture. The world will also have an opportunity to venture into that long ago life as well.
In pulling together the Knud Rasmussen features in this issue of The Fan Hitch, I have been faced with the matter of the use of the “E”-word; its use makes me uncomfortable. It is apparent that both Terrence Cole, University of Alaska, editor of this Classic Reprint Series edition of Rasmussen’s Across Arctic America, Narrative of the Fifth Thule Expedition and Stephen Bown, author of White Eskimo, Knud Rasmussen’s Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic also felt the need to made a point of addressing terminology when speaking about people of Greenland, Arctic Canada and Alaska:
From Across Arctic America, Narrative of the Fifth Thule Expedition, by Knud Rasmussen; Terrence Cole, Editor:
Introduction to the 1999 Edition (page xi)
From White Eskimo, Knud Rasmussen’s Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic by Stephen R. Bown:
A Note on Terminology (page vii):
In addition to featuring Knud Rasmussen, June’s issue continues with the more recent history of the Inuit Dog, presenting part three of Bill Carpenter’s photo essay, “Canadian Inuit Dogs I have owned, raised and trained”. You will also read that Okpik’s Dream is still quite successful at screenings and festivals, reminding us of the important role aboriginal Inuit Dogs still play, that there is still a place for them in the north. And in his IMHO, Mark reflects on his time out on the ice and the importance of learning to be “neat”.