Pre-Columbian Native American Artifacts – Colima Dogs

Published on March 15, 2013 by Carol

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Colima Dogs

One very unique meso-american artifact that occurs with great frequency are canine vessels known as Colima Dogs. They are from Mexico and are believed to be a relative of the Chihuahua and Mexican hairless breeds of dog that we’re familiar with nowadays.

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Colima dogs were known to have a variety of uses throughout their centuries of existence, food source and guardian to the dead, healer and watchdog. There are two types of Colima Dog, one would be fattened up for food or ritually sacrificed, and the other type is more of a pet, watchdog and even a healer. The larger ones were meant as a food source and sometimes you’ll see them depicted with an ear of corn in their mouths for that reason.

Source: Museum of Native America

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