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Potlatch: Native Ceremony and Myth on the Northwest Coast

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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 communitys celebration of life, death, and continuity.

Synopsis:

After the four days of feasting and entertainment, the time came for the serious memorial potlatch celebration at the house built for this ceremony, when host groups mourned the deceased chief and all their dead.

The nakani ushered guests and hosts to their assigned seats, making every effort to avoid conflict among guests, treating all with equal solemnity. The nakani sat both chiefs side by side. First came the Frog clan chief Qoxkan of Tina Hit with regal stride and solemn bearing, his head high and eyes straight ahead. With equal courtesy and decorum the nakani escorted Dog Salmon chief, Tanaxh of Til Hit, to his place next to the Frog clan chief. Then members of these houses were led to the seats that their rank required.

Synopsis:

In Potlatch, Mary Giraudo Beck paints a vivid portrait of the colorful, dramatic potlatch ceremony that is central to Pacific Northwest Native culture.

About the Author

Mary Beck resides in Bellevue, Washington, but was a longtime resident of Ketchikan, Alaska.

Table of Contents

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

GIFTS AND PARTIES 77

Raven Loses His Beak 96

PRESTIGE POTLATCH 97

Raven and the Magic Seal Catcher 108

PEACE CEREMONY 109

Further Reading 126

Product Details

ISBN:
9780882408200
Subtitle:
Native Ceremony and Myth on the Northwest Coast
Author:
Beck, Mary Giraudo
Author:
Oliver, Marvin
Author:
Beck, Mary
Publisher:
Alaska Northwest Books
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Native Ceremony
Subject:
Alaska Native Cultures
Subject:
Pacific Northwest Native Culture
Subject:
Potlatch, Indians of North America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20130301
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 black-and-white line drawings
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Native American » Pacific Northwest
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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"Synopsis" by ,

After the four days of feasting and entertainment, the time came for the serious memorial potlatch celebration at the house built for this ceremony, when host groups mourned the deceased chief and all their dead.

The nakani ushered guests and hosts to their assigned seats, making every effort to avoid conflict among guests, treating all with equal solemnity. The nakani sat both chiefs side by side. First came the Frog clan chief Qoxkan of Tina Hit with regal stride and solemn bearing, his head high and eyes straight ahead. With equal courtesy and decorum the nakani escorted Dog Salmon chief, Tanaxh of Til Hit, to his place next to the Frog clan chief. Then members of these houses were led to the seats that their rank required.

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In Potlatch, Mary Giraudo Beck paints a vivid portrait of the colorful, dramatic potlatch ceremony that is central to Pacific Northwest Native culture.

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