Chapter

The Production of Slaves

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/9780520206168.003.0006
The Production of Slaves

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This chapter examines the production or acquisition of slaves in the Northwest Coast. It explains that almost all slaves had been nonslaves, either commoners or titleholders, who were seized by force, usually in the context of intergroup fighting. Many slaves also came to their owners by means of transactions with other owners, and some are included as part of wergild payments. Slaves could also be inherited as part of the estate of their deceased owner.

Keywords: slaves; Northwest Coast; commoners; titleholders; intergroup fighting; wergild payments

Chapter.  7262 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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