The Fan Hitch   Volume 18, Number 1, December 2015

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

From the Editor: Welcome to My World

Iqaluit Asphalt Plant Update

From the NFB Film Files

Living and Dying with Black Bears

Film Review: Okpik’s Dream
Canadian Inuit Dogs I have Owned, Raised and Trained:
 a photo essay; Part 1

A BAS Doggy Man Reminisces:
Chris Edwards’ interview on Houndsounds

Special Screening of Inuk in Vermont;
 new general release date given

IMHO: Where We Stand

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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Resolute Airport with dogs I had purchased ready to depart for
 Yellowknife on a PWA sponsored flight

Canadian Inuit Dogs I have owned, raised and trained:
A photo essay; Part 1

by William J. ‘Qimmiliriji’  Carpenter

Ed: Beginning with this issue of The Fan Hitch, we are delighted to present Bill Carpenter’s photo essay, a history of the “William J. Carpenter Eskimo Dog Research Foundation”, begun in 1974.

Please note that these historical photographs are Bill’s exclusive property and he alone retains copyright. Therefore they may not be reproduced in any manner without his written consent. Requests to use these photographs should be submitted to The Fan Hitch to be forwarded on to Bill.

 A long time ago, sometime between 1976 and 1978, some Inuit Elders (mainly ladies) from Eskimo Point, now known as Arviat, were visiting me in Yellowknife.  We sat on the floor in my livingroom with one of my male dogs, then also with a female dog. The ladies were showing me how they measured with their hands for the proper sizing for making traditional Inuit dog harnesses. During our discussions about their history with dogs, they told me through an interpreter that they “used to be the dog people” but were no longer that. When we later went outside they wrote something in syllabics with a large marker on the bulletin board sign I had near the wooden stairs leading up to the large holding cages for my dogs.  They said what they wrote was my name.  When I asked through their interpreter, how does that say “Bill Carpenter”? They laughed and laughed saying “... It does not say ‘Bill Carpenter’. It says ’Qimmiliriji’ which is what we call you, and it means ‘The Dog Man’.”
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These first six photos are some of the original dogs I  purchased.


These four photos are of dogs that I donated to the outpost camp on Reid Island.

These five photos are from the Stuart M. Hodgson Canadian Eskimo Dog Sledging
Expedition (1979),  Resolute to Cape Eyre on Prince of Wales Island just off Franklin Strait.

Admiring and using my Canadian Inuit Dogs




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