The Fan Hitch Volume 8, Number 1, December 2005

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog

In This Issue...

Editorial: Firsts, F.I.D.O.s and Foremosts
F.I.D.O.: Daniel Annanack
F.I.D.O.: Mark Brazeau and Qimmiit Utirtut 
Wolf Problems in Kuujjuaq
Inuit Dogs of Mawson Station
Differences in Mushing: Greenland and Arctic Canada, Part II
Inuit Produced Information Resources
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Book Review: 1000 Days with Sirius
Product Review: 3Mô Precise Skin Stapler
 IMHO: A Time for Action

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From the Editor...

Firsts, F.I.D.O.s and Foremosts

It seems fitting for this, our first journal issue of our eighth publishing year, that we have for the first time ever two F.I.D.O.s in one publication. It couldn't be helped. It was the right thing to do and the right time to do it. Unfolding the evolution of Qimmiit Utirtut, Mark Brazeau of Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik, describes his personal evolution, his passion for the North and the cultural tradition of dog sledding. His story is an excellent example of the kind of grass roots movement which I believe can and will offer a bright future for the pure Inuit Dog in the circumpolar North. Mark does not yet own any dogs, but he is surely a Friend to Inuit Dog Owners. The Qimmiit Utirtut story would not be complete without an interview with Kangiqsualujjuaq's first recipient of the first pure dogs of the program, Daniel Annanack, as a Featured Inuit Dog Owner. His four pups came from two previous F.I.D.O.s: Linda Fredericksen and Allen Gordon. And another first will soon take place, when the March 2005 F.I.D.O., Kuujjuaq's Allen Gordon, will team up with the March 2006 F.I.D.O., Kevin Slater of Mahoosuc Guide Service, Newry, Maine to offer dog sled adventures between Kuujjuaq and Tasiujaq this coming March.  Now, if we can only count on the Canadian government to come on board as F.I.D.O.s offering a helping hand to keep the movement going and growing.

The Inuit Sled Dog International has a new look and web address. The site will continue to be a work in progress as enhancements will be made periodically. Since our beginnings, the ISDI and The Fan Hitch have become extremely visible and easy to find on the world wide web and many people with an eclectic array of needs have come to us for help. We are delighted to be of service to those seeking information and assistance. We are especially pleased to play the role of "facilitator", helping to get things done that ultimately may benefit the existence of the Inuit Sled Dog, particularly in the circumpolar North. We have made many new friends along the way who have been incredibly kind in joining our network and offering to expand our resource base.

But, just because the ISDI and The Fan Hitch are easily accessed, we should not be perceived the sole source on all things Inuit Dog. With regard to the polar history of ISDs and the relationship with their masters, Inuit voices foremost need to be heard. In this issue of The Fan Hitch is a list of Inuit organization websites and a brief synopsis of each. I urge you to visit all of them, as within their electronic pages there is often a labyrinth of subheadings to be explored which will help you learn, from the Inuit point of view, about the culture whose very own breed of dog the rest of us admire. 

Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads this Holiday Season and for the New Year,

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