Table of Contents
Editorial: Defining the Inuit Sled Dog
Featured Inuit Dog Owner: Sylvia Feder
All the Wrong Reasons
Last Trip of the Century to the North Pole
Bering Bridge Expedition - 10 Years Later
Ways of the North
Behavioral Notebook: Watching TV
Poem: Standing Invitation
Video Review: Dog of the Midnight Sun
Janice Howls: Observations
In My Humble Opinion: Work, et. al.
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
Talk to The Fan Hitch
The Fan Hitch home page
ISDI home page
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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.
Dog of the Midnight Sun
Produced for Canadian Geographic by Summerhill Entertainment, Inc. of Toronto, Dog of the Midnight Sun was aired on the Discovery Channel earlier this Spring. With a background of Inuktitut songs, throat singing, Inuit legends, and an ethereal musical score, this 47 minute production is a visual feast of magnificent Arctic frozen seascapes and one scene after another of beautiful dogs doing what they were bred to be and to do. Also included is a generous selection of archival footage of early exploration and Inuit life with the dogs, and a brief history of the breed's recovery project in Yellowknife back in the 1970's, undertaken by Bill Carpenter and John McGrath.
Altogether six owners of Inuit Dog teams are generously featured. Between their interviews and the narrative, emphasis is placed squarely where it belongs, with the Inuit Dog as strictly a working dog, meant neither to be raced or to be a pet. Also included are detailed descriptions of the dogs' physiology, behaviour and diet.
There are a few misstatements in the text. And while reference is made to the "north" in a generic way and not specifically to Canada, no reference is made to the Inuit Dogs of Greenland. And unfortunately, credit was not give to Geneviève Montcombroux for assistance in providing contacts and for permission to use her book, The Canadian Inuit Dog: Canada's Heritage. Yet despite these flaws there is far more right about this presentation, making it a must for anyone who admires the Inuit Sled Dog, who wants to learn more about the breed, and would like to see it functioning in its indigenous environment.
To purchase your copy of Dog of the Midnight Sun, send a check (no credit cards) for $30 CAD or $25 USD to: Summerhill Entertainment, Inc., 56 Shafttesbury Avenue, Toronto M4T1A3. (This video tape is no longer available from Sommerhill. If you wish to be on a notification waiting list for the dvd version, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. No release date has been set as of Jan. 2010.)