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Dogs in the North

Stories of Cooperation and Co-Domestication, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert J. Losey, Robert P. Wishart, Jan Peter Laurens Loovers


298 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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Dogs in the North offers an interdisciplinary in-depth consideration of the multiple roles that dogs have played in the North. Spanning the deep history of humans and dogs in the North, the volume examines a variety of contexts in North America and Eurasia. The case studies build on archaeological, ethnohistorical, ethnographic, and anthropological research to illuminate the diversity and similarities in canine–human relationships across this vast region. The book sheds additional light on how dogs figure in the story of domestication, and how they have participated in partnerships with people across time. With contributions from a wide selection of authors, Dogs in the North is aimed at students and scholars of anthropology, archaeology, and history, as well as all those with interests in human–animal studies and northern societies.

Table of Contents

Telling Stories of Co-Domestication and Cooperation, an Introduction Robert P. Wishart

Domestication and the Embodied Human-Dog Relationship: Archaeological Perspectives from Siberia Robert Losey, Tatiana Nomokonova, Lacey Fleming, Katherine Latham, and Lesley Harrington

Hunters in their own right: Perspectival sharing in Soiot hunters and their dogs Alexander C. Oehler

Dogs, reindeer and humans in Siberia: Threefold synergetic in the northern Landscape Vladimir Davydov and Konstantine Klokov

Northern Relations: People, Sled Dogs and Salmon in Kamchatka (Russian Far East) Lisa Strecker

The Archaeology of Human–Dog Relations in Northwest Alaska Erica Hill

An ethnohistory of dogs in the Mackenzie Basin (western Subarctic) Patricia A. McCormack

The Police and Dogs during the early patrol years in the Western Canadian Sub-Arctic: An inter-species colonial cooperation? Robert P. Wishart

Threatening the Fantasy of an Arctic Welfare State: Canada, Quebec and Inuit Dogs in Qikiqtaaluk and Nunavik between 1957 and 1968 Francis Lévesque

‘Hard Times Are Coming’: Indeterminacy, Prophecies, Apocalypse, and Dogs Jan Peter L. Loovers

Dogs among Others: Inughuit Companions in Northwest Greenland Kirsten Hastrup

Prehistory of dogs in Fennoscandia – a review Suvi Viranta and Kristiina Mannermaa

“A dog will come and knock at the door, but remember to treat him as a human” - the legend of the dog in Sámi tradition Nuccio Mazzullo

Dogs in Saapmi: From Competiton to Collaboration to Cooperation to Now Myrdene Anderson

Conclusion - Dogs in the North Jan Peter Laurens Loovers, Robert J. Losey, Robert Wishart

About the Editors

Robert J. Losey is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, Canada. His current research involves the study of humans’ relationships with dogs as evidenced in the archaeology of Eastern Russia.

Robert P. Wishart is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. His current research involves ethnographic, ethnohistorical, and history of science research focused on colonialism and human–animal relations in the Canadian North.

Jan Peter Laurens Loovers is Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. As part of the ERC Arctic Domus Project, his research concerns the relationships between humans, dogs, fish, and caribou in the Canadian circumpolar North and the history of domestication in the Arctic.

About the Series

Arctic Worlds

Communities, Political Ecology and Ways of Knowing

This series aims to integrate research from across the circumpolar Arctic from across the humanities, social sciences, and history of science. This region – once exotised as a remote and unknown "blank spot"– is now acknowledged to be the homeland of a variety of indigenous nations, many of whom have won or are seeking home rule. 

The Arctic was the central axis of frozen confrontation during the Cold War. At the start of the 21st century it is a resource hinterland offering supplies of petroleum and minerals for aggressively new markets with great cost and risk to the environment. 

The indigenous nations of the region are unique for their "ways of knowing" which approach animals and landscape as alive, sentient entities. Many share cultural commonalities across the Arctic Ocean, sketching out a human community that unites disparate continents.

This series will take history seriously by bringing together archaeological work on ancient Arctic societies with ethnohistorical studies of the alternate idioms by which time and meaning are understood by circumpolar peoples, as well as science and technology studies of how the region is perceived by various scientific communities.

Submitting a proposal

The series welcomes proposals for both (co)authored and (co)edited books on these topics. Book proposals should be sent to the Routledge editor: [email protected]

For guidance on how to structure your proposal, please visit:

Editorial Advisory Board:

Dmitry Arzyutov, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology, Russia
Hiroki Takakura, Tohoku University, Japan
Per Axelsson, Umeå University, Sweden


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General