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Introduction

Leland Donald

in Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

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/9780520206168.003.0001
Introduction

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The purpose of this book is to describe and analyze the practice and institution of slavery among the aboriginal inhabitants of the Northwest Coast of North America. The book describes Northwest Coast societies and culture, and investigates how those who controlled access to resources utilized the labor of slaves in the process of food production. It provides the cultural and social background to the practice of slavery and reviews the evidence for the antiquity of slavery in the culture area, also discussing the distinction between the status of slaves on the Northwest Coast and the status of captives in most of the rest of aboriginal North America.

Keywords: slavery; aboriginal inhabitants; Northwest Coast; North America; societies; culture; food production; captives

Chapter.  4673 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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