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Introduction to Horned Lizards of North America$
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Wade Sherbrooke

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228252

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228252.001.0001

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Of Humans and Lizards

Of Humans and Lizards

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(p.147) Of Humans and Lizards
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Introduction to Horned Lizards of North America
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Wade C. Sherbrooke

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228252.003.0011

This chapter discusses the role of horned lizards in culture, art, and folklore. About 2,000 years ago, cultural areas had come to exist within the arid southwestern United States and northern Mexico, including the Anasazi, Mogolon, Hohokam, and Casas Grandes. The people inhabiting these areas use horned lizard designs on their pottery and carve petroglyphs of horned lizards on rocks. Horned lizards are also depicted in lore and myths as ancient and powerful. Even today, Piman peoples in southern Arizona believe that horned lizards can change their fortunes in health and happiness. In the United States, Canada, and Mexico, representations of horned lizards can be found in modern crafts and art. Scientists also spend time studying the lives of horned lizards and warn against human activities that threaten the existence of horned lizards.

Keywords:   culture, art, folklore, United States, Mexico, horned lizards, pottery, petroglyphs, Piman peoples, Canada

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