The Fan Hitch Volume 13, Number 4, September 2011

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog
In This Issue....

Editorial: We’ve Moved!

Historic Ceremony in Kangiqsualujjuaq

Passages: Heiko Wittenborn

In the News

Point of View: Veterinary Service in Nunavik

Chinook Project: Summer 2011 Report

Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories

Making a Mitten Harness

Media Review: Martha of the North (video)

IMHO: Historical Perspective or Hyperbole

Index: Volume 13, The Fan Hitch

Navigating This Site

Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

Search The Fan Hitch

Articles to download and print

Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

Defining the Inuit Dog

Talk to The Fan Hitch

The Fan Hitch home page

ISDI home page

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Editor: Sue Hamilton
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Guest Editorial....
We've Moved!

The fact that you’re here means you already know we moved The Fan Hitch. Moving wasn’t of our choosing. Our old hosting service, server space and web address, which we’ve used for the last thirteen years will cease to exist next June. Moving The Fan Hitch under these circumstances was pretty much the internet equivalent of having your town come and tell you they were taking your land away and that if you didn’t move your house somewhere else yourself they would demolish it on a date certain. So we moved our "house" to a new location with a new address,

We started the move as soon as we learned that our old server space was definitely going away June 2012. This maximizes the period of time over which we will be able to have a notice posted at our old address re-directing people to come here. Soon we will be removing all the other files from that address so that ultimately the only file left at our old location will be the re-direct notice. That’s an important bit of news. If you have bookmarked any files at that address your bookmarks will soon be broken. However, all the material from the old address is already here at our new location, the information is still available to you, but you need a new bookmark.

Given the fact that we were moving the old "house", it seemed to us that was also the perfect time to paint the walls, do a little bit of remodeling and some updating as well. As you look around you’ll likely notice that some things are a little different. We’ve avoided making changes just for the sake making things look different. We’ve limited ourselves to adding function and or content. We wanted the old "house" to still feel like everybody’s "home".

More specifically: the four editions of Volume 1 were reformatted to the sidebar format adopted for the later editions of The Fan Hitch. This change affords readers access to navigation links, and navigation links have become increasingly important as The Fan Hitch site has grown over the years. Across all editions of The Fan Hitch broken hyperlinks have been repaired, updated or taken down where the linked material no longer exists. There were enhancements made to the Articles by Subject, Back Issues by Volume and Number, and Resource pages that will simplify and speed the task of finding specific information on our site.

Finally there is a whole new "room" in the old house. Here’s a link to Defining the Inuit Dog (in case you haven’t already followed the link in our sidebar or on the greeting page). It’s a feature we hope proves useful to all visitors, especially those who, after finding The Fan Hitch, still wonder, "Just what is an Inuit Sled Dog?" The article is written in seven sections (Introduction, Nomenclature, History, The Inuit Dog in the 21st Century, Health, Describing the Inuit Dog and The Inuit Dog in Scientific Research, Films and in Print), has three appendixes, an acknowledgements page and is footnoted as well.

We invite you to look around, take your shoes off and get comfortable. It’s always "open house" here.



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