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Captivity and Slavery in Aboriginal North American Cultures

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/9780520206168.003.0013
Captivity and Slavery in Aboriginal North American Cultures

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This chapter focuses on captivity and slavery in aboriginal cultures in the Southeast and Northwest Coast of North America, discussing some possible servile statuses found in aboriginal eastern North American societies in order to provide a continent-wide context for Northwest Coast slavery. It explains that the common starting point of slavery for both the Northwest Coast and eastern North America was captives taken in intergroup fighting, who either became slaves or tortured and killed, before, or shortly after, they arrived in their captors' home communities.

Keywords: captivity; slavery; aboriginal cultures; Northwest Coast; eastern North America; intergroup fighting

Chapter.  8241 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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