Potlatch: A Strict Law Bids Us Dance
Over the centuries, the Kwakwa̱ka̱'wak First Nations of the Northwest Coast developed a sophistocated culture based on the ceremonial giving away of surplus wealth. This was the basis of an indigenous social and economic ecology. With the arrival of European settlers intent on the accumulation of property, traditional Native society came under attack. For years, the Canadian government outlawed the potlatch, crushing a unique culture and seizing its artifacts to be studies and "protected".
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