The Fan Hitch      Volume 15, Number 2, March 2013

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

From the Editor... Turning Dreams into Reality

In the News

Return of the Far Fur Country Project Update

Another Inuktitut Word for Snow

A Condo for Dogs: The Evolution of Our Dog Houses

Antiquity of the Inuit Sled Dog Supported by Recent Ancient DNA Studies

A Different Type of Sledding

Astrup’s Harness: A personal voyage to understand an old sealskin sled dog harness, Part 2

Movie Review: The Stories of Tuktu: Tuktu and His Eskimo Dogs

IMHO.... Why do we do this?

Navigating This Site

Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

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Articles to download and print

Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

Defining the Inuit Dog

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In the News....

One of Ken MacRury’s dogs. Photo taken at a time in the past
when a team could be picketed by the owner’s house.
                                                                                Photo: Hamilton

Follow up to Iqaluit Inuit Dog Owners’ Request to the City Council
From: Sue Hamilton
Sent: March-01-13
To: Iqaluit City Council Members
Subject: Looking for update on Inuit Dog owners' request
Importance: High
Dear City Council Members,
My name is Sue Hamilton. I am the Owner/Publisher/Editor of The Fan Hitch, Website and Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog ( In the December 2012 issue (,N1IntheNews.html) I reported on dog team owners' request to the Iqaluit City Council to establish a safe and secure area where Inuit Sled Dogs can be kept.
I am wondering if there is any recent information about this I can share with our worldwide readership in the March 2013 issue. As you may know, back in May 2000 the Nunavut Legislative Assembly declared the Canadian Inuit Dog the territory's official mammal ( But since those twelve years have passed little, if anything, has been done to assure a positive future for this aboriginal landrace. As many of the remaining population of traditional Inuit Dogs can be found in Iqaluit, it would be encouraging to see Iqaluit take the lead/show the way for other Nunavut communities in protecting the territory's honored symbol.
Thank you for any updates you may be able to share with The Fan Hitch journal.
Sue Hamilton
The Fan Hitch, Website and Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog
Harwinton, Connecticut, USA

On Mar 1, 2013, at 2:12 PM, Iqaluit Mayor John Graham wrote:

Hi Sue,
Thank you for your e-mail.
The new Council looks forward, at some point in the future, to continuing the dialogue with the dog team owners in Iqaluit.
I will gladly keep you apprised of developments.
Yours Sincerely,
John Graham
City of Iqaluit

From: Sue Hamilton
Subject: Re: Looking for update on Inuit Dog owners' request
Date: March 1, 2013
To: John Graham

Dear Mayor Graham,

Thank you for your reply and for your willingness to keep me in the loop with further developments on this very important issue.

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