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Potlatch: Native Ceremony and Myth on the Northwest Coast [Hardcover]

Item : Potlatch: Native Ceremony and Myth on the Northwest Coast [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Beck, Mary Giraudo
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0882409646
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780882409641
Publisher Publisher : Alaska Northwest Books
Pages Pages : 128
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 101437000

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 NativesRaven, Grizzly Bear, Salmon, FrogMary Beck creates a compelling account of the potlatch ceremony and its place in a community's celebration of life, death, and continuity.

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.

Acknowledgments 4

INTRODUCTION 5

Raven Survives 12

CREMATION AND SMOKING FEAST 13

Raven Creates the Tides 22

PREPARATIONS 23

Raven and the Flood 34

THE INVITATION 35

Raven s Creations 44

HOUSE BUILDING 45

In the Whales Belly 54

WELCOME 55

Raven Sends Fish to the Streams 62

THE POTLATCH 63

Raven in a Fog 76

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