Murdock, George Peter, 1897-1985. Rank and potlach among the Haida

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Title: Rank and potlach among the Haida

Published By: New Haven: Human Relations Area Files Press . 1970. 20 p.

By line: George Peter Murdock

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2017. Computer File

Culture: Haida (NE09)

Subjects: Gift giving (431); Personal names (551); Naming (553); Status, role, and prestige (554); Slavery (567); Visiting and hospitality (574); Household (592); Extended families (596); Lineages (613); Moieties (616); Social control (626);

Abstract: The author discusses the Haida system of rank based on feasting, or "potlatch-status complex." Without a potlatch given in one's honor, one cannot acquire status. The four main types of potlatches are associated with building a house, funerals, avenging an insult, and raising a totem pole. Also discussed are the personal names, titles and crests associated with rank.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: ne09-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Reprint of the 1936 ed. Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1932

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 2016

Coverage Date: 1900-1932

Coverage Place: Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada; Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, United States

LCSH: Haida Indians--Social life and customs


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