The Fan Hitch Volume 12, Number 1, December 2009

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog
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Evolutionary Changes in Domesticated Dogs:
The Broken Covenant of the Wild, Part 4


An Examination of Traditional Knowledge:
The Case of the Inuit Sled Dog, Part 1

Greenland Dogs of the Eiger Glacier

Boss Dogs and Lead Dogs

Tip: Pack Your Parka

IMHO: Two "New" Dogs


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From the Editor....

This first issue of our twelfth publishing year presents new contributors and an old friend. We come to the end of a great four-part series and greet yet another. We lament the passing of a long standing tradition. Vladimir Beregovoy's Evolutionary Changes in Domesticated Dogs: The Broken Covenant of the Wild, concludes in this issue with the take home message, "Conservation of aboriginal breeds is possible only if they are preserved as parts of their natural habitat, including their work and way of life." And we hope that northern policy makers and ISD keepers in polar regions have been following the series and will take Beregovoy's lessons to heart. We are delighted to introduce part one of an award-winning article entitled, An Examination of Traditional Knowledge: The Case of the Inuit Sled Dog by anthropologist, Dr. Kerrie Ann Shannon. Readers, you're in for a real treat! And I am absolutely over the moon thanks to a contribution by Ken MacRury about boss dogs and lead dogs. ISD enthusiast from The Netherlands, Stijn Heijs, reports on the disbanding of the nearly century-old tradition of Greenland Dogs on the Eiger Glacier. All this, plus great photos, updates, tips and some introspection are packed into this issue of The Fan Hitch for your holiday season reading.

Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads,

                       Sue
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