for Inuit Dogs Past and Present
and Barbro Engebretsen
Adventure with Greenland Dogs
and Maintenance of Sledge Dogs, Part II
Hunting Laika Breeds of Russia
Primitive Breeds - Perfect
Editor: Sue Hamilton
Webmaster: Mark Hamilton
Fan Hitch, Journal of the Inuit Sled
Dog, is published four times a year. It is
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the Inuit Sled Dog.
In The News.....
The Fan Hitch Heads North
Nunavik's Kativik School Board, in northern Quebec, took a
to The Fan Hitch for each of its fifteen schools.
The Inuit Sled
Dog International hopes the journal will help reinforce
awareness of the
Inuit Sled Dog and its cultural implications. This comes on
the heels of
the Ivakkak Sled Dog Race in which, according to the rules,
Dogs and qamutiit used in the traditional manner are
permitted - definitely
a progressive move on the part of Nunavik.
ISD Books Heading North
ISDI-Canada, in cooperation with Whippoorwill Press, is
Montcombroux's book, The Canadian Inuit Dog: Canada's
to community schools and public libraries in Nunavut and
Minnesota, USA residents Marcus and Jane Bustad and their
daughter Sara, made a generous donation to help the ISDI
of the Inuit Sled Dog among arctic Canada's youth.
The ISDI is always grateful for donations and bequests,
all of which
support ISDI programs to foster an understanding of the
Inuit Dog and its
role in the Inuit culture.
Greenland Dogs in Mushing
The September/October 2004 issue of Mushing Magazine
brief but lively account of a sled dog adventure by three
members of the
United States Air Force (and one Danish civilian scientist)
none of whom
had previously experienced arctic dog team travel.
Accompanying the article
is a stunning photograph of a ISD team out of Qaanaaq,
Greenland. For those
of you who do not subscribe to Mushing Magazine but
do have internet
access, you may read an expanded account which includes a
of Mushing Magazine's black and white photo at <http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123007772>.
is encouraging to see some fine looking examples of Inuit
Dogs in that
corner of the world.