The Fan Hitch Volume 14, Number 2, March 2012

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

Editorial: Old Tools – New Tools

Stroma and Skye

Misadventure and Redemption on the Otryt Trail

Meeqi’s Gift

A Boys' Trip on Dovrefjell

Tumivut: Traces of our Footsteps

New Site/Old Site

Piksuk Media's Nunavut Quest Project Progress Report

Media Review: Nunavut Quest: Race Across Baffin

IMHO: Let's Talk

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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Piksuk Media Update

On February 29th the Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) aired the first of six weekly parts of Piksuk Media's documentary Nunavut Quest: Race Across Baffin.  The debut was well covered in the Canadian media and in a February 29th article in The Globe and Mail, episode one, "Into the Wild" was included as one of "Five shows worth watching tonight".

As an accompaniment to the six-part documentary, the Nunavut Quest website brings visitors into the world of Inuit Dog culture and the contemporary context of the annual Nunavut Quest race. There are sections on Inuit history, the Inuit Dog, and an in-depth knowledge base that will equip visitors to become "real" mushers (or at least adept players) in the challenging video game that simulates what Inuit and their dogs confront in the Arctic wilderness.

There is also a forum which everyone is encouraged to join to ask questions and get answers, become connected to the North and travel by qamutiit (sledges) pulled by traditional Inuit Dogs in fan hitch formation!

The documentary premiered in English. The Inuktitut version will likely be on schedule for APTN's Fall season.

Those not lucky enough to have been able to tune in to APTN can see episode trailers at the Nunavut Quest website. The Nunavut Quest documentary on DVD will be available to purchase after the entire series has been aired.

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