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|From the Editor….
It has been incredibly hard to keep this story under wraps for the last five-and-a-half years. It is the saga of the Nansen sledge pulled by the last team of BAS huskies to leave Antarctica in 1994 and the sledge’s subsequent history over the past twenty-six years to its ultimate home in Ottawa, Canada just this month! John Wright describes its journey and the triumphant conclusion in “Historic Nansen Sledge Gifted to Canadian Organization”
The last thing we expected to see in a British newspaper, let alone in an obituary, was a photo of one of our dogs. Our shock and sadness turned into warm remembrances of the context of the picture and how much it meant to so many at the time. “The Enduring Love of Those Huskies” offers the poignant story.
Also in PostScript #8 is yet another example of the enduring love of Antarctic veterans for their dogs, a fifty-six year-old tribute to a BAS Husky bitch “Flush”.
There’s some good news/bad news from the Qikiqtani Truth Commission. A recently announced initiative to assist Qikiqtani Inuit qimmiit practitioners with financial aid has been put on hold due to issues related to COVID-19.
In web news, the Visit Greenland website has developed a guide for visitors which, even if you can’t vacation there, offers a good view of what it’s like to be there. Also there is a link to a new website focusing on literature written by Inuit. News out of Greenland is that the Danish Prime Minister has apologized for her country’s role in a dreadful 1951 social experiment involving twenty-two Greenlandic children, most of whom never saw their parents again.
Part of the history, and not always a very happy one, of the Canadian North includes how outsiders established posts to encourage aboriginal people to hunt and trap fur bearing animals for the European market and elsewhere. In this edition of PostScript there is a review of a fascinating documentary by filmmaker John Houston detailing how Inuit and Cree of Nunavik took on “The Bay” to establish their own economic cooperative system which reflected their own traditional values.
Getting back to basics, The Fan Hitch website’s “Defining the Inuit Dog” has gotten a long overdue face lift with revisions, updated entries (in particular the ancient history section thanks to evolutionary biologist Dr. Sarah Brown) and a bunch of new photographs. Once again, I am grateful to the support of those who contributed to this renovation. Check it out.
Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads.
Sue and Mark