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Potlatch : Native Ceremony and Myth on the Northwest Coast

By: Beck, Mary Giraudo Oliver, Marvin(Illustrated by)

0882409646 / 9780882409641
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United States
152 x 229 mm 128 pages
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Among the Northwest Coast Indians (Tlingit, Haida, and others), potlatches traditionally are lavish community gatherings marking important events, such as funerals or marriages.

In celebrations that often last many days, sumptuous meals are served; legends about clans and ancestors are sung and enacted with dances, masks, costumes, and drums; totem poles are often raised; and gifts are presented to all guests.

Through this custom, cultural ties are renewed and strengthened.

Using details from historical potlatches, and skillfully weaving in legends about animals and spirits revered by Natives Raven, Grizzly Bear, Salmon, Frog Mary Beck creates a compelling account of the potlatch ceremony and its place in a community s celebration of life, death, and continuity."


1KBB USA, JFHF Folklore, myths & legends, JFSL9 Indigenous peoples, JHBT Sociology: customs & traditions

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