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CHIEFLY FEASTS: THE ENDURING KWAKIUTL POTLATCH. Ed. by Aldona Jonaitis. American Museum of Natural History, New York, 1991. Published in association with University of Washington Press, Seattle. 300 pp. with 219 ills. (132 col.). 26 x 27 cm. LC 91-16778 ISBN 0295971142 In English.
Showcases some 110 objects created by the Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia for celebratory rituals associated with the complex potlatch ceremony, including striking masks, headdresses, blankets, feast dishes and related artifacts selected mainly from the Museum's important collection, assembled primarily in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Supplemented with more than 80 historical photographs which illuminate the cultural context of the potlatch, the catalogue provides excellent color plates and lengthy ethnographic analyses of the exhibited works within the framework of six texts discussing the history of the once-outlawed ceremony, its traditional and contemporary forms, the important role of 19th-century anthropologists Franz Boas and George Hunt in documenting the potlatch and preserving its regalia, and the links established between a group of the featured objects and a specific dance cycle.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Native North America — Canada
Plans: 01,06,07,17,23
Worldwide Number: 023289
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