The Fan Hitch   Volume 18, Number 4, September 2016

          Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog                                    
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From the Editor

Passage - Siu-Ling Han
Passage - Benson E. Ginsburg

Building & Testing Astrup's Dog Sled

The Arctic Nomads Project

Zacharias Kunuk’s Latest Film

The Chinook Project’s 2016 Wellness Clinics in Canada’s North

Canadian Inuit Dogs I have owned, raised and trained: a photo essay; Part 4

Book Review: Padlei Diary

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From the Editor....

Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning;

for I still live, as I pass to and fro, through the mouths of men.
Quintus Ennius
239BC – 169 BC
Writer during the Roman Republic

In the eighteen years I have been writing editorials for The Fan Hitch, they have rarely come easily. September’s one was no exception. In fact, this one has proved to be an exceptionally grim task.

For sure, this issue brings you loads of positive news: the Chinook Project’s successful season of northern veterinary clinics, Bill Carpenter’s part 4 series of historical Inuit Dog photos, an exciting new film offering from Zacharias Kunuk, Jonas Warme Moe’s triumphant conclusion of his Eivind & Kolotengva Project when he and fellow Norwegian Gisle Uren did a test run with Moe’s recreation of Eivind Astrup’s sledge being pulled by Uren’s Greenland Dogs wearing historically reproduced harnesses, and news of the Arctic Nomads project including a December symposium devoted to the history, use and future of the Inuit Sled Dog – how exciting is THAT!

Now here's the inescapable “but”……...there is profoundly sad news as well.

                                                photo: Archie Lieberman, 1963  

                                                              photo: Debbie Lynn McAllister 
Two distinguished people have left us. Both of them in his and her own ways have given something of their lifetimes to we who have keen interests in wild and domestic canids, their evolution and behavior and, in particular, aboriginal Inuit Dogs.

If we are to realize any comfort in this great sorrow, we could be mindful that both of these souls were-glasses-half-full kind of individuals, and they would have appreciated that this position be embraced by us. Both had requested that in place of funerals, celebrations of their lives be held instead. Their families and friends have so honored these wishes.

Having had to prepare two eulogies in under two weeks, it has been difficult to be anything but melancholy. But I will be mindful of their preference and remain grateful to them for their optimism, wisdom, friendship, their many teachable moments and especially their approach to life…and to death.

Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads,
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