The Fan Hitch Volume 15, Number 1, December 2012

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

From the Editor

Astrup’s Harness

Akunnirmiut Nunavut Quest, Pt. 2

Sleds, Dogs and Nitrate Film

In the News

Fan Mail

CAAT 2012 Baker Lake Animal Wellness Clinic

  Book Review:  Kamik, an Inuit Puppy Story

Movie Review: Inuk

IMHO: Henson, Pt. 2

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

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Fan Mail....

Florence Clark with husband Ed Clark’s “black head Eskimo Dogs”,
New Hampshire c. 1937                      Courtesy of the Clark Family

December 6th

Found a picture of Florence Clark and her dogs in my Aunt Elsie’s effects. The caption under the pic in her album states: “A friend of Elsie’s trained and races sledge dogs.” Dates appear to be about 1937.  [Dogs] were stationed in Greenland during WWII. My aunt, Elsie Ostrosky, was from Newport, RI originally. Whenever she could she visited Mrs. Clark and the sledge dogs. She grew fast friends with “Daddy’s Boy” and [that] astounded Mrs. Clark who thought it impossible. Elsie died last year at 102 and I am just now going through her albums. Thought it was interesting.

P. L.

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November 29th


I would like to purchase Ken MacRury's thesis,The Inuit Dog: Its Provenance, Environment and History.

I was linked to your site through the Nunavut Quest site.  Most interesting/useful info has been…defining  Inuit Dogs as well as detailed info and accounts on managing a team in a traditional way, etc.  I especially liked the interviews with Ken MacRury and the fact that your site clearly has respect for Inuit culture.

I currently have 2 mixed dogs with mostly ISD dominant features as are many dogs from my commmunity. They are kind of like permanent outdoor pets that have stimulated my interest in qimutsik.  I will be starting a team with a litter of qimmituinnaaq (real dogs) with the help of a good friend here this coming spring.  It is important to me that I start a team with real Inuit dogs and maintain it this way with breeding decisions based on performance.


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