A history of dogs in the early americas is an anthropological survey by marion schwartz a research assistant at yale despite numerous illustrations this book is written more for academics than for dog lovers one chapter entitled the edible dog is particularly frightening. This book is an observation of early american history through an examination of the canines role in society a history of dogs has been carefully researched and the author includes a very useful 24 page bibliography endnotes recap the main theme of each chapter and useful and important data such as the group names of native americans and their places of habitation their words for . A history of dogs in the early americas the creation of the american dog our domestic dogs are descended from wolves and jackals and though they may not have gained in cunning and may have lost in wariness and suspicion yet they have progressed in certain moral qualities such as affection trust worthiness temper and probably in . Wonderfully researched marion schwartzs book a history of dogs in the early americas examines the relationship between dog and master in the pre columbian period following an anthropologic approach the book is primarily concerned with dogs as beasts of burden dogs in cosmology and dogs as gastronomic delicacy. Scientists are still trying to discover the origins of dogs in america but many guess that they crossed over with early humans from siberia to alaska over the strip of land that used to be exposed in the bering straight these dogs were essentially domesticated wolves though not in a manner which our dogs are domesticated today
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