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
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