An Iron Hand upon the People: The Law Against the Potlatch on the Northwest Coast

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In 1885 the Canadian government outlawed the potlatch, a ceremony central to the cultures of many Northwest Coast Indians. This timely and important book traces the history of the antipotlatch law, the government's attempts to enforce it, and the widespread Native opposition to the repressive legislation, shedding new light on a crucial chapter in the history of North American Native peoples.
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Photos Seattle 1990 Hard Cover First Printing Stated Near Fine in Fine jacket 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. Some foxing on top edge. 230 pp.

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The banning in Canada of the potlatch ceremony, and native opposition to this ban. From the collection of Wayne Prescott Suttles, renowned anthropologist, scholar, and linguist ... regarding many Pacific cultures, and especially the U.S. Pacific Northwest Coast Salish people. His stamp to the ffep. Provenance provided upon request. Condition notes: XX numbered pp; HB w/DJ. Pages: clean, bright, tight. Cover: gray-green, gilt titles spine; no shelfwear, spine and edges sunned. DJ: unclipped, glossy gray, native mask front, black titles front/spine; no edge/shelfwear. A very nice copy indeed. Read more Show Less

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In 1885 the Canadian government outlawed the potlatch, a ceremony central to the cultures of many Northwest Coast Indians. This timely and important book traces the history of the antipotlatch law, the government's attempts to enforce it, and the widespread Native opposition to the repressive legislation, shedding new light on a crucial chapter in the history of North American Native peoples.
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Explores the Canadian government's 1885 outlawing of the gift-giving ceremony central to the social and economic structure of many Native American tribes of the Pacific Coast, the response of the various tribes, and the resurgence of the custom when the ban was lifted in 1951. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780295970509
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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