The Fan Hitch Volume 6, Number 4, September 2004

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog International

Table of Contents

Editorial: Looking for Inuit Dogs Past and Present
F.I.D.O.: Jan Erik and Barbro  Engebretsen
First Camping Adventure with Greenland Dogs
The Breeding and Maintenance of Sledge Dogs, Part II
A Cut Above the Rest
In the News
Book Reviews:
Hunting Laika Breeds of Russia
Primitive Breeds - Perfect Dogs
 IMHO: Waiting for Godot?
Index to Volume 6

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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;
ISDI Coordinator USA:
Sue Hamilton, 55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, CT 06791,

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In The News.....

The Fan Hitch Heads North

Nunavik's Kativik School Board, in northern Quebec, took a subscription to The Fan Hitch for each of its fifteen schools. The Inuit Sled Dog International hopes the journal will help reinforce awareness of the Inuit Sled Dog and its cultural implications. This comes on the heels of the Ivakkak Sled Dog Race in which, according to the rules, only Inuit Dogs and qamutiit used in the traditional manner are permitted - definitely a progressive move on the part of Nunavik.

ISD Books Heading North

ISDI-Canada, in cooperation with Whippoorwill Press, is donating Geneviève Montcombroux's book, The Canadian Inuit Dog: Canada's Heritage, to community schools and public libraries in Nunavut and Nunavik.

ISDI Donations

Minnesota, USA residents Marcus and Jane Bustad and their nine-year-old daughter Sara, made a generous donation to help the ISDI develop awareness of the Inuit Sled Dog among arctic Canada's youth.

The ISDI is always grateful for donations and bequests, all of which support ISDI programs to foster an understanding of the Inuit Dog and its role in the Inuit culture.

Greenland Dogs in Mushing Magazine

The September/October 2004 issue of Mushing Magazine included a brief but lively account of a sled dog adventure by three members of the United States Air Force (and one Danish civilian scientist) none of whom had previously experienced arctic dog team travel. Accompanying the article is a stunning photograph of a ISD team out of Qaanaaq, Greenland. For those of you who do not subscribe to Mushing Magazine but do have internet access, you may read an expanded account which includes a color version of Mushing Magazine's black and white photo at <>. It is encouraging to see some fine looking examples of Inuit Dogs in that corner of the world. 


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