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Aboriginal Slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America

Leland Donald


This investigation of slavery on the Northwest Coast of North America contributes to our understanding of the aboriginal cultures of this area, and shows that Northwest Coast servitude, relatively neglected by researchers in the past, fits an appropriate cross-cultural definition of slavery. Arguing that slaves and slavery were central to these hunting-fishing-gathering societies, the book points out how important slaves were to the Northwest Coast economies for their labor and for their value as major items of exchange. Slavery also played a major role in more famous and frequently analyzed N ... More

Keywords: slavery, Northwest Coast, aboriginal cultures, servitude, slaves, potlatch, ritual systems, rituals, Native North America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780520206168
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520206168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leland Donald, author