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Episode date 6 January 2013
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After centuries working with Inuit, sled dogs are now threatened with extinction
Photo: NorthWinds Arctic Adventures
They can guide you through a snowstorm and protect you from bears, but despite their toughness, Canadian Eskimo dogs are threatened with extinction.

For centuries these pure-bred sled dogs have been working alongside Inuit, but lifestyle changes in the last decades have had an impact on the dogs, whose numbers have dwindled to a few hundred. On top of that, the small gene pool makes it especially hard to keep the breed pure.

Arts-Culture #28 (Sun Jan 06, 2013) Preserving celtic music and dance traditions on Prince Edward Island
(courtesy website College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada)
Canada has a rich celtic heritage. Immigrants from Ireland and Scotland flocked to this country in various waves right from its earliest discovery by Europeans.  They brought with them institutions and values that helped to create and shape Canada, and along with that, they brought their cultural traditions as well, in music and dance.  The pipes and drums, and the airs, pibrochs, jigs and reels, and ceilidhs..and dancing.

For many generations these traditions remained strong all across Canada but perhaps especially in the three maritime provinces and Newfoundland, but for a time in the 60's and 70's it faded. Then some people realized that this traditional heritage was in danger and began a revival that’s been growing stronger ever since.

One example of that is the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada located in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.  While there are several institutions teaching celtic cultural traditions of dance and music across Canada, this College has some unique aspects.

On this edition, a conversation with the school’s Executive Director Karen Hatcher

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