The Fan Hitch Volume 14, Number 3, June 2012

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

Editorial: A dog for all seasons

The Fan Hitch Web and Journal Updates

Fan Mail

The Doggy Men Goes Digital

In the News

Tumivut: Healthy Diet for Dogs

Qimmivut (Our Dogs)

Media Review: Nunavut Quest: Race Across Baffin Update

The Chinook Project Returns to Labrador


IMHO: Save the...  (fill in the blank)

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

Editor's/Publisher's Statement
Editor: Sue Hamilton
Webmaster: Mark Hamilton
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This site is dedicated to the Inuit Dog as well as related Inuit culture and traditions. It is also home to
The Fan Hitch, Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog.

Inuit preparing dog for backpacking near Bernard Harbour,
Northwest Territories (Nunavut); 27 June 1915;
Canadian Arctic Expedition; 50975; CD2003-0394-013
Photo: G. H. Wilkins. Courtesy: Canadian Museum of Civilization

The Fan Hitch Web and Journal Updates

The end of an era

In his December 2011 and March 2012 IMHO articles, Mark Hamilton described the multitude of today's electronic communication bells and whistles. While real paper and ink are not likely to become entirely obsolete, the print edition of The Fan Hitch now is. March 2012, Volume 14, Number 2 was our final one in paper format. All current paid subscriptions will be fulfilled but no more will be accepted.

We know that The Fan Hitch is read by people of all stripes, from those who live in the bush to those who read us in government and university offices. Offering a print version for all these years, we have endeavored to accommodate our very broad spectrum of readers with either slow or no internet access at all. However, it appears our readership has outgrown that need and so our print edition has now been discontinued. With this change The Fan Hitch has evolved to a free, no strings attached, all-electronic format. We will remain mindful of how long it takes to open content, being reluctant to add bandwidth consuming files (such as audio or video) or even list URL links to those files – assuming we would have permission to create those links – to issues of The Fan Hitch journal.

The Fan Hitch thanks Mark Brazeau, his colleagues and the Individual Paths of Learning students at the Illuriaq School in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik for taking over the print subscription division back in March 2007 and doing a fine job. We are grateful for their contributions and hope that for the students the entire process of fulfilling the print subscriptions has been useful and instructive.

From time to time we will continue adding to our print format library, "The Fan Hitch in Print" , special articles of unique nature. These are made to be downloadable (double column, higher resolution images, PDF format), with the understanding that those who choose to take advantage of this free service will 1) be honorable about doing so for personal use only and not for monetary or other gain, 2) will not modify the content and 3) will identify the source of the material. Just like all the rest of the contents (images and text) on, international copyright laws prevail and the reproduction of anything from our website, or creating links to any material, requires our written permission.

Going, Going, Gone

Trying to hold back time is not a productive activity, not to mention impossible. No matter how much energy you expend, no matter what innovative strategies you employ the time passes even when you stop your clocks from ticking. Similarly, days pass even when you don’t own a calendar.  Said simply, there currently is no means available to prevent the passage of time.

It is now June. By the end of this month the .mac server space that served as the original home for The Fan Hitch goes away. This is not simply a case of our subscription for that space expiring; the server space will no longer exist. Anyone who has linked in any way to information located on our original website has only a few days left to update those links. All links, such as bookmarks/favorites as well as referrals posted on discussion lists must be updated to our new site at This is not something we can do for you with a referral page at the old web address as that space will no longer exist. You have to do this for yourselves. We can't even guarantee you that the material on the old website will be available through June 30th.

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