The Fan Hitch   Volume 17, Number 1, December 2014

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

From the Editor: Heading Out and Coming Home

Far Fur Country Documentary Projects Come to Fruition!

The Epidemiology of Rabies in the Canadian North

Okpik’s Dream en Route to Completion

Puvirnituq Snow Festival

Book Review: How to Build an Iglu and a Qamutiik

IMHO: The Best Laid Plans

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    Harry Okpik (right) with his race partner of the last three years,
     Adamie Michaud.                ©

Okpik’s Dream en Route to Completion

Okpik’s Dream’s crowd funding campaign which ended early November was enthusiastically supported by donations from North America, across Europe and Australia to the tune of $16,725 CAD. Although the campaign’s goal was not reached, producer Katarina Soukup and writer/director Laura Rietveld, driven by their shared passion for this story, are making personal sacrifices in order to forge ahead, expecting to complete in the very near future their documentary about Inuk dog man and amputee Harry Okpik of Quaqtaq, Nunavik.

Okpik’s Dream will be broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Quebec only on January 5, 2015 at 5 PM. It will then enter the film festival circuit, premiering at the Puvirnituq (Nunavik) Snow Festival in March 2015 and will then be broadcast across Canada in the summer of 2015.

Updates will appear in The Fan Hitch journal as they become available. For the latest news visit Catbird Productions website or on Facebook. Go here and here to see video clips.

   At Ivakkak’s starting community, Harry Okpik off-loading
    his dogs from the plane.   ©

Ed: Thanks to Ivakkak photographer Pierre Dunnigan for his photos.
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