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A History of Dogs in the Early Americas

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Synopsis:

Drawing on chronicles, ethnographies, archaeological reports, myths, biology, and a rich array of visual materials, Marion Schwartz investigates views about dogs in a wide range of native societies in North and South America. She discusses the early domestication of the dog and looks at how hunting and gathering peoples relied on dogs to help with the hunt and to transport food and goods. She provides details about the eating of dogs for ritual purposes or as a dietary staple. She describes how dogs were associated with the afterlife, where they functioned as guides or guards, and how dogs were buried in tombs or were sacrificed to the gods in many cultures. She examines pre-Columbian art to see how the dog was portrayed and the various meanings attributed to it. The book concludes with a description of the fierce war dogs brought by the Spanish to wreak havoc among the Indians - dogs unlike any the New World had ever seen - and how traditional societies reinvetented their relationship with dogs after the arrival of the Europeans.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-220) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300069648
Author:
Schwartz, Marion
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven, Conn. :
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
North American
Subject:
Culture
Subject:
Indians
Subject:
Indians -- Social life and customs.
Subject:
Chiens
Subject:
Indiens d'Amâerique
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Indians -- Domestic animals.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 226
Publication Date:
19981011
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
84 b/w + 8 color illus.
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1 lb

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A History of Dogs in the Early Americas
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Product details 260 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300069648 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on chronicles, ethnographies, archaeological reports, myths, biology, and a rich array of visual materials, Marion Schwartz investigates views about dogs in a wide range of native societies in North and South America. She discusses the early domestication of the dog and looks at how hunting and gathering peoples relied on dogs to help with the hunt and to transport food and goods. She provides details about the eating of dogs for ritual purposes or as a dietary staple. She describes how dogs were associated with the afterlife, where they functioned as guides or guards, and how dogs were buried in tombs or were sacrificed to the gods in many cultures. She examines pre-Columbian art to see how the dog was portrayed and the various meanings attributed to it. The book concludes with a description of the fierce war dogs brought by the Spanish to wreak havoc among the Indians - dogs unlike any the New World had ever seen - and how traditional societies reinvetented their relationship with dogs after the arrival of the Europeans.
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