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. 

chapter 1|7 pages

Telling stories of co-domestication and cooperation

An introduction
ByRobert P. Wishart

chapter 2|20 pages

Domestication and the embodied human–dog relationship

Archaeological perspectives from Siberia
ByRobert J. Losey, Tatiana Nomokonova, Lacey Fleming, Katherine Latham, Lesley Harrington

chapter 3|17 pages

Hunters in their own right

Perspectival sharing in Soiot hunters and their dogs
ByAlexander C. Oehler

chapter 4|16 pages

Dogs, reindeer and humans in Siberia

Threefold synergetic in the northern landscape
ByVladimir Davydov, Konstantin Klokov

chapter 5|26 pages

Northern relations

People, sled dogs and salmon in Kamchatka (Russian Far East)
ByLisa Strecker

chapter 6|18 pages

The archaeology of human–dog relations in Northwest Alaska

ByErica Hill

chapter 7|47 pages

An ethnohistory of dogs in the Mackenzie Basin (western Subarctic)

ByPatricia A. McCormack

chapter 8|20 pages

The police and dogs during the early patrol years in the Western Canadian Subarctic

An inter-species colonial cooperation?
ByRobert P. Wishart

chapter 9|19 pages

Threatening the fantasy of an Arctic welfare state

Canada, Quebec and Inuit dogs in Qikiqtaaluk and Nunavik between 1957 and 1968
ByFrancis Lévesque

chapter 10|21 pages

‘Hard times are coming’

Indeterminacy, prophecies, apocalypse, and dogs
ByJan Peter Laurens Loovers

chapter 11|21 pages

Dogs among others

Inughuit companions in Northwest Greenland
ByKirsten Hastrup

chapter 12|18 pages

Prehistory of dogs in Fennoscandia

A review
BySuvi Viranta, Kristiina Mannermaa

chapter 13|16 pages

“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
ByNuccio Mazzullo

chapter 14|11 pages

Dogs in Saapmi

From competition to collaboration to cooperation to now
ByMyrdene Anderson

chapter 15|15 pages


Dogs in the North
ByJan Peter Laurens Loovers, Robert J. Losey, Robert P. Wishart