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A talk about some Very Good Dogs

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  • UserAudrey Lin, Smithsonian Institution
  • ClockFriday 11 February 2022, 13:15-14:00
  • HouseOnline via zoom.

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Dogs in North America have a complex evolutionary and cultural history. Dogs were brought by humans to North America at least 10,000 years ago, where they dispersed widely and were bred and maintained by humans to serve different cultural functions, many diverse examples of which can be seen in the archaeological record. The repeated introduction of dogs into the Americas, primarily within the last five hundred years by European colonialism, had led to the decline and extinction of indigenous North American dogs. However, the cultural legacy of some of these dogs live on in Indigenous communities today and are an important part of their history and their cultural identity. I will talk about integrating Indigenous perspectives into my current palaeogenomic research on domestic dogs that come from Indigenous ancestral lands, by active engagement with Indigenous communities, with the aim of establishing a lasting relationship that will benefit local communities and the palaeogenomic field alike.

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