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Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America$
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Leland Donald

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520206168

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520206168.001.0001

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The Production of Slaves

The Production of Slaves

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(p.103) 5 The Production of Slaves
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Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America
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Leland Donald

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520206168.003.0006

This chapter examines the production or acquisition of slaves in the Northwest Coast. It explains that almost all slaves had been nonslaves, either commoners or titleholders, who were seized by force, usually in the context of intergroup fighting. Many slaves also came to their owners by means of transactions with other owners, and some are included as part of wergild payments. Slaves could also be inherited as part of the estate of their deceased owner.

Keywords:   slaves, Northwest Coast, commoners, titleholders, intergroup fighting, wergild payments

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