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Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

Leland Donald

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780520206168
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520206168.001.0001
Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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This investigation of slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America contributes to our understanding of the aboriginal cultures of this area, and shows that Northwest Coast servitude, relatively neglected by researchers in the past, fits an appropriate cross-cultural definition of slavery. Arguing that slaves and slavery were central to these hunting-fishing-gathering societies, the book points out how important slaves were to the Northwest Coast economies for their labor and for their value as major items of exchange. Slavery also played a major role in more famous and frequently analyzed Northwest Coast cultural forms such as the potlatch and the spectacular art style and ritual systems of elite groups. The book includes detailed chapters on who owned slaves and the relations between masters and slaves; how slaves were procured; transactions in slaves; the nature, use, and value of slave labor; and the role of slaves in rituals. In addition to analyzing all the available data, ethnographic and historic, on slavery in traditional Northwest Coast cultures, it compares the status of Northwest Coast slaves with that of war captives in other parts of traditional Native North America.

Keywords: slavery; Northwest Coast; aboriginal cultures; servitude; slaves; potlatch; ritual systems; rituals; Native North America

Book.  375 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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Introduction in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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An Overview of Northwest Coast Cultures in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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The Study of Northwest Coast Slavery in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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Methods and Sources in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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Slaves and Masters Described in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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The Production of Slaves in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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Slave Labor in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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Transactions in Slaves in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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Slaves and Ritual in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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The Scale of Slavery on the Northwest Coast in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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