The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians

The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians

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This is a reprint of this classic 1897 edition.

The Book is Anthropologist Franz Boas’ (Franz Uri Boas, July 9, 1858 – December 21, 1942) most important discussion of the Kwakiutl. He used the name Kwakiutl to refer to an ethno-linguistic group of 28 tribes. It came from the name of the tribe that Boas did most of his work with, the Kwagu’ł or Kwagyeulth, at Fort Rupert. The Kwakiutls participated in dances in which people would wear masks and costumes and tell ancient stories. At one time, if you even got the smallest portion of one of these dances wrong, they would chop off your head. Therefore, only the bravest competed in these performances.

This is an illustrated edition. 738 Pages.