The Fan Hitch Volume 3, Number 2, March 2001

Official Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog International

Table of Contents

From the Editor
 
Thanks to our Sponsors
 
Featured Inuit Dog Owner: Tim Socha
 
Nunavut Quest 2001
 
Inuit Dogs in New Hampshire, Part I
 
Uummannaq: A Special Dog Sledge Expedition
 
Remembrances of a Spent Life: "Chimo"
 
Dog News from Iqaluit
 
The Homecoming, Part III
 
Fan Hitch Wins Writing Contest Recognition
 
Product Review: Seeing the Light
 
Media Review: The Last Husky
 
Tip for the Trail: A Do-it Yourself Alcohol Heater
 
IMHO: Looking Forward


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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

Nunavut Quest 2001

This year's event is  scheduled to leave Sanirajak (Hall Beach) April 16th. Teams will head north, passing through the nearby community of Iglulik (Igloolik) and then continue north to the finish line, once again in Tununirusiq (Arctic Bay), about 500 kilometers/310 miles from the starting line.  The  fastest time could be 5 days but the weather can be notoriously bad on this stretch, causing layovers of several days before permitting travel.

Last year thirteen teams participated.  Except for the "home town" (starting line) team from Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), they mushed to the starting line from the communities of Sanirajak (Hall Beach), Iglulik (Igloolik), Tununirusiq (Arctic Bay) and Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River). The single entrant from Kuujjuaq in Nunavik (Northern Quebec) was flown to and from the start/finish line courtesy of First Air.

Organizers in Tununirusiq said their small but enthusiastic community of 600 residents has raised $19,000 so far this year.  But lack of similar participation from other communities both last and this year has put the event $6,000 in debt. Apparently, the Inuit Sled Dog Club in Nunavik is giving $2500.

Once again, free lance writer/photographer Lee Narraway of Ontario has been asked to be the official timer and chronicler of the Quest.

Editor's note: Thanks go to Lee Narraway for contributing information for this article.
 
 

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 Distemper Epidemic Spreading

submitted by Julia Krizan
February 20, 2001

"The distemper is still around (in Nunavut) and it has spread to more communities as well. The Northwest Territories has just reported its first cases."

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