Curious... u surprised?

not sure why this thought happened but u folks know how inspiration floats around until it hits u when ur not looking.
Why don’t I see dogs in/on NA stuff?
Insects,birds,reptiles,amphibians…some bear or bison,a few horses but the only dog is the “snoopy” inlay? Or the howling wolf/coyote wearing a bandana.

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A lot of Fred Harvey jewelry, both bracelets and pins, has a figure that’s read as either a dog or a horse. Also dogs occasionally appear in storyteller bracelets, when the imagery includes sheep and/or pickup truck.

You will get a plethora of answers on this topic! The Dog/horse on Fred Harvey era jewelry was not a Native American symbol, but rather a symbol created by Europeans in the Native American fashion to sell jewelry. This is well known about the Harvey Era Jewelry.

I have a link for you to find out more. I have a great love of dogs myself, and despite that, I have eaten dog on three separate occasions. Once with my tribe, the Cherokee. Once at a pow pow in Anadarko, and once in Wyoming with the Cheyenne. While some Europeans may find this draconian, they are missing the point. I suspect that the lack of representation of domestic dogs in NA work may actually be more due to sacred respect than anything else. Eating a dog was not a thing done lightly. These animals were your loyal friend, protector, and fellow laborer. To give one up to the pot was a very big deal! It was used to seal a deal or agreement that needed special emphasis, to appease angry spirits, special ceremonies, and in times of famine.
I will not comment on anything else other than it was a very humbling experience!


I think dogs are a mixed subject for many cultures. Dogs have been a friend of humanity since the beginning of time. I have no doubt that there is ambivalence, as @Christibo says, about dogs given the food vs. friend/companion status. Maybe this is why dogs aren’t a big motif for jewelry if it’s complicated like this.

The horse being synonymous with dog in some applications is indicative of the idea that Europeans introduced the horse to North America and that they called it a “big dog”.,as%20members%20of%20the%20family.

Even though history shows that horses were always there: ).

At any rate, dogs and horses are intertwined in history between NA tradition and European views. Perhaps this is why Harvey pieces had a dog/horse icon incorporated.

All IMO and theory. :grin:

Speaking of dogs… here’s my best friend.