Caddo Archeology Journal
The special relationship that humans share with Canis familiaris (Caddo: dìitsi’) is the result of a long history of cohabitation with a high degree of variability in the role of dogs. In this paper, I present an inventory of dog burials documented in the Caddo Archaeological Area, consider symbolic dog representations in material culture, and examine Caddo ethnographic accounts that document human-canine interactions. Results reveal numerous forms of dog burial treatment, canine symbolism in ceramic, shell, and stone media, and a shared role of dogs in human ritual. These examples highlight the special relationship between the Caddo and their dogs, which were often buried in a similar concern as those afforded to human burials.
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McKinnon, Duncan P.
"Someone’s Best Friend: Caddo and the Dìitsi’,"
Index of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State: Vol. 2021,
Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/ita/vol2021/iss1/7
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