Date: Tuesday, 7PM, March 13, 2012
Location: Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos
Title: A New Look at Old Dogs
Speaker: Dody Fugate
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Pre-Columbian Dogs in the Southwest
What is a dog, anyway? Where did dogs come from? How did wolves become dogs and when? Where did the early peoples living in the southwest get their dogs and how did dogs fit in these early cultures? How did changes in the environment and culture affect the way dogs and people interacted in the Southwest? What other cultures may have affected the way dogs and people in the Southwest related to each other? All of these questions will be examined and some interesting facts will be presented.
Dody Fugate is a researcher and curator at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe. She has been studying the origins of the domestic dog since the early 1990’s and the cultural interaction between dogs and humans, especially in the Southwest for 20 years.
Her work has been featured in National Geographic where she reported that she has developed a database of almost 700 dog burials many that indicated they were ritual burials and other where humans and dogs were buried together.
Dogs are associated with many creation myths with leading people from the underworld and guarding entrances to other worlds, many of the burials she has found are near the openings of pits.
Ms. Fugate has a Masters of Science degree in Archaeology from the University of Arizona as well as one in Museum Management.