The Fan Hitch   Volume 16, Number 4, September 2014

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

From the Editor: Chronology

In the News: An interview with Joelie Sanguya

The Arctic Domus Project

The Practice of Veterinary Medicine and Loving Kindness in Labrador

Canadian/Greenland Inuit dogs and the “domestication syndrome”

Ptarmigan Hunting with Greenland Dogs

Documentary Film on the Sirius Patrol

Book Review: A Trapper in North-East Greenland

Okpik’s Dream

IMHO: Reflections

Index: Volume 16, The Fan Hitch

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"Pancho, a British Antarctic Husky, was one of Drummond Small’s third
 pair who never learnt that heads could be turned horizontally when he
 was on the trace! His follow-up trick was to go from that position to a full
 lunge on his back legs. On good snow he could start the sledge on his own!
                                                             Caption and photo: Drummond Small

Index: Volume 16, The Fan Hitch

N4: Ptarmigan Hunting with Greenland Dogs

N1: The Season for Sharing and Giving
N2: Taxonomy
N3: On the Radar
N4: Chronology

Fan Mail
N1: Kenn Harper offers a clarification

N2: Far Fur Country Progress Report
       Digital Indigenous Democracy Comes to the Canadian North
       New Printing of Inuit Dog Thesis
N3: Dealing with a Runaway or Breakaway Team of Inuit Dogs
       Update: On the Trail of the Far Fur Country
       Website Explores Indigenous People of the Russian Arctic
N4: Documentary on the Sirius Patrol
       Okpik’s Dream Project

Health, Science and Ethology
N1: Investigation of the Pre-Columbian Ancestry of Today’s Dogs of the Americas
       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
N2: The Subject of Taxonomy in Relation to the Inuit Dog and Major Historical References to the Breed
N3: Citizen Scientist Participation Requested for the Canid Howl Coder Project
       The Chinook Project Returns to Labrador
N4: Thinking about the Canadian/Greenland Inuit dogs, in relationship to the domestication of animals and the “domestication syndrome”
       The Practice of Veterinary Medicine and Loving Kindness in Labrador
       Arctic Domus Project

N1: Raising Eskimo Dog Puppies for Use in a Fan Hitch
       Stareek and Tsigane
N2: Steve’s Solo Journey

In My Humble Opinion
N1: Finding Purpose in Retirement
N3: What’s Enough?
N4: Reflections   

In the News
N1: Baker Lake Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) does not run for re-election; Proposed Iqaluit by-law combining sled dogs and pet dogs
N2: Nunavut Quest article; Parvovirus in Grise Fiord; Cat parasite in beluga whales; Sustainable Iqaluit Plan and dog by-law update; Historic video of hard working Inuit Dogs
N4: An Inuk hunter on the importance of dog teams

Media Review
N1: The Meaning of Ice: People and sea ice in three Arctic communities (book)
N2: Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts (film)
N3: Harnessed to the Pole: Sledge Dogs in Service to American Explorers of the Arctic, 1853-1909 (Book)
N4: A Trapper in North-East Greenland: Tales of a forgotten way of life (book)
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