The Fan Hitch   Volume 15, Number 4, September 2013

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

From the Editor: A Great Man Has Passed


Baker Lake MLA Speaks Out in Support of Nunavut's Inuit Dogs

Proposed New Dog By-law, a Threat to Iqaluit Dog Team Owners?

Published Research Has Implications for the Aboriginal Inuit Sled Dog!

Fan Mail

The Chinook Project’s July 2013 Visit to Labrador

NFB Increases Internet Accessibility to its Film Library

Movie Review: Vanishing Point

Problems Accessing/Viewing Pages

IMHO: The Back Story of the Thank You DVD

Index: Volume 15, The Fan Hitch

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Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

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Defining the Inuit Dog

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From the Editor....
A Great Man Has Passed

"The qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage,
understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character."

Dwight David Eisenhower 1890-1969        
34th President of the United States (1953-1961)       
U.S. Army five-star general during World War II       

This issue of The Fan Hitch completes our fifteenth year. I am so grateful to those who gave their time and effort and who shared their intellectual property to help enrich the pages of Volume 15. And I am thankful for those who visited The Fan Hitch website and found it useful.

I think completing a decade-and-a-half in publication makes this issue special.  But it is truly a bittersweet one. While there are several uplifting stories – among them a Nunavut official publically recognizing the need to protect the aboriginal Inuit Dog, another successful veterinary wellness clinic, a major research paper with implications for the qimmiq – this issue brings news of a heartbreaking loss, the passing of a man whose presence knew no boundaries and whose departure filled all those lives he touched in so many ways with a profound, unimaginable sorrow. What he and his like-minded colleague accomplished in about a decade, The Fan Hitch could not begin to think of approaching....not ever! His lifetime of other achievements – his very quintessence – elevated this man into a league of his own.

The September issue of The Fan Hitch is dedicated to his memory.

Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads,


Forget-me-not                                     Photo: Kjetil Ree
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