The Fan Hitch   Volume 16, Number 1, December 2013

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

From the Editor: The Season for Sharing and Giving

Investigation of the pre-Columbian Ancestry of Today's Dogs of the Americas

Raising Eskimo Dog Puppies for Use in a Fan Hitch
Stareek and Tsigane

In the News

Baker Lake, Nunavut and the Canadian Animal Assistance Team (CAAT)

The End of the Beginning: The First Five Years of Veterinary Services in Baker Lake, Nunavut

Fan Mail

Book Review: The Meaning of Ice

IMHO: Finding Purpose in Retirement

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

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Fan Mail....

Scene from Vanishing Point             photo: Julia Szucs; courtesy NFB

Ed: In my eagerness to make a connection between the birth home of Navarana, the protagonist in the movie Vanishing Point, and the community where is located the Childrens’ Home featured in the movie Inuk, I mistakenly confused one Uummannaq for the other Uummannaq, two entirely different places. Thank you Kenn Harper for setting me (and readers of The Fan Hitch) straight...

From: Kenn Harper
Subject: RE: The September issue of The Fan Hitch
Date: October 29, 2013
To: Sue Hamilton

Hi Sue,
I wanted to draw to your attention one error in your otherwise excellent review of Vanishing Point.
Navarana was indeed born at Uummannaq, but it is not the large town of Uummannaq south of Melville Bay, to which you have a link. Rather it is the location known to the Polar Inuit as Uummannaq, the community from which the Polar Inuit were moved in 1953 (to Qaanaaq), at present-day Thule Air Base. The confusion arises because both locations have the same name - as do a number of other lesser-known locations. Uummannaq means "heart-shaped" or "resembles a heart." It is often used for mountains or hills of a certain shape. It is only the Thule Base location that is relevant to Navarana's life and to the Qillarsuaq story.
Kindest regards and keep up the good work.
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