The Fan Hitch Volume 1, Number 4  July 1999

Official Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog International


Table of Contents

Editorial:  Defining the Inuit Sled Dog
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Featured Inuit Dog Owner:  Sylvia Feder
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All the Wrong Reasons
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DNA Project
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Last Trip of the Century to the North Pole
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Bering Bridge Expedition - 10 Years Later
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Ways of the North
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Behavioral Notebook:  Watching TV
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Poem:  Standing Invitation
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Video Review:  Dog of the Midnight Sun
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Janice Howls:  Observations
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In My Humble Opinion:  Work, et. al.


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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.

ISDI Coordinator Canada:
Geneviève Montcombroux, Box 206, Inwood, MB R0C 1P0; gmontcombroux@gmail.com
ISDI Coordinator USA:
Sue Hamilton, 55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, CT 06791, mail@thefanhitch.org



Video Review: 

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: ccaplan@summerhill.tv.  No release date has been set as of Jan. 2010.)

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