The Antiquity of Northwest Coast Slavery

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:
The Antiquity of Northwest Coast Slavery

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This chapter traces the history of Northwest Coast slavery in antiquity, focusing on the decades immediately preceding 1770, and describes evidence from the three major types of sources of information: archaeology, eighteenth-century European accounts, and language. The findings suggest that slavery was practiced by the aboriginal inhabitants of the region before contact with Europeans in the last third of the eighteenth century, probably for centuries.

Keywords: slavery; antiquity; Northwest Coast; archaeology; aboriginal inhabitants

Chapter.  5578 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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