The Fan Hitch Volume 1, Number 4  July 1999

  Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog

Table of Contents

Editorial:  Defining the Inuit Sled Dog

Featured Inuit Dog Owner:  Sylvia Feder

All the Wrong Reasons

DNA Project

Last Trip of the Century to the North Pole

Bering Bridge Expedition - 10 Years Later

Ways of the North

Behavioral Notebook:  Watching TV

Poem:  Standing Invitation

Video Review:  Dog of the Midnight Sun

Janice Howls:  Observations

In My Humble Opinion:  Work, et. al.

Navigating This Site

Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

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Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

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Editor's/Publisher's Statement
              Editor: Sue Hamilton
              Webmaster: Mark Hamilton
The Fan Hitch Website and Publications of the Inuit Sled Dog– the quarterly Journal (retired in 2018) and PostScript – are dedicated to the aboriginal landrace traditional Inuit Sled Dog as well as related Inuit culture and traditions. 

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Video Review: 

Dog of the Midnight Sun

Produced for Canadian Geographic by Summerhill Entertainment, Inc. of Toronto,  Dog of the Midnight Sun was aired on the Discovery Channel earlier this Spring.  With a background of Inuktitut songs, throat singing, Inuit legends, and an ethereal musical score, this 47 minute production is a visual feast of magnificent Arctic frozen seascapes and one scene after another of beautiful dogs doing what they were bred to be and to do.  Also included is a generous selection of archival footage of early exploration and Inuit life with the dogs, and a brief history of the breed's recovery project in Yellowknife back in the 1970's, undertaken by Bill Carpenter and John McGrath.

Altogether six owners of  Inuit Dog teams are generously featured.  Between their interviews and the narrative, emphasis is placed squarely where it belongs, with the Inuit Dog as strictly a working dog, meant neither to be raced or to be a pet.  Also included are detailed descriptions of the dogs' physiology, behaviour and diet.

There are a few misstatements in the text. And while reference is made to the "north" in a generic way and not specifically to Canada, no reference is made to the Inuit Dogs of Greenland. And unfortunately, credit was not give to Geneviève Montcombroux for assistance in providing contacts and for permission to use her book, The Canadian Inuit Dog:  Canada's  Heritage. Yet despite these flaws there is far more right about this presentation, making it a must for anyone who admires the Inuit Sled Dog, who wants to learn more about the breed, and would like to see it functioning in its indigenous environment.

To purchase your copy of Dog of the Midnight Sun, send a check (no credit cards) for $30 CAD or $25 USD to: Summerhill Entertainment, Inc., 56 Shafttesbury Avenue, Toronto M4T1A3.   (This video tape is no longer available from Sommerhill. If you wish to be on a notification waiting list for the dvd version, email:  No release date has been set as of Jan. 2010.)

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