dogs. travel. anthropology.



In anthropology and folklore, the term "cynanthropy" refers to the mythical practice of shape-shifting between canine and human form or the possession of both human and canine features.

As a gesture to its original meaning and a reinvention of its magical symbolism, CYNANTHROPY documents the journey of a cultural anthropologist and her dog, exploring topics both canine and human. It features advice on traveling with pets, the trials of pet ownership, cultural attitudes toward dogs, reflections on the tendency to anthropomorphize dogs (especially in this digital age where domestic animals often have their own social media accounts), and much more. Like John Steinbeck's Traveling with Charlie --a book about his roadtrip through the United States with his poodle--this is a virtual travelogue chronicling anthropologist Jandy Gu's fieldwork in Brazil with her Keeshond, Mozzi.

"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts."

Travels with Charley: In Search of America, John Steinbeck, 1960