Slaves and Ritual

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:
Slaves and Ritual

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This chapter examines the role of slaves in the ceremonial life in the Northwest Coast, discussing the use of slaves in rituals and addressing their most widespread use in the burial feasts of titleholders. It describes the tie between cannibalism and slavery, and discusses the possible symbolic association of slaves, copper, and salmon, as well as the use of slaves in ceremonies and other religious activities.

Keywords: slaves; ceremonial life; Northwest Coast; rituals; burial feasts; cannibalism; religious activities

Chapter.  7683 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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