Rifles, blankets, & beads : identity, history, and the Northern Athapaskan potlatch

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Book
Authors
William E. Simeone ( Simeone, William E. )
 
ISBN 13
9780806135083 
Category
General Library Collection  [ Browse Items ]
Publication Year
2002 
Pages
216 
Subject
Potlatch 
Abstract
"Whoever heard of a party at which the hosts lavishly give away presents, refusing to accept any gifts in return, keeping little for themselves? This is the custom of the Northern Athapaskan potlatch, a tradition that has long fascinated Americans. In Rifles, Blankets, and Beads, William E. Simeone explores the potlatch and its role in balancing competition and cooperation among the Tanacross people, a Northern Athapaskan culture.

According to Simeone, the potlatch tradition helps the Tanacross people uphold standards of acceptable behavior through curbing competitiveness and stressing the ideals of cooperation. Simeone also examines Northern Athapaskan leadership practices, the introduction of trade goods into Athapaskan culture, and the complexities of cultural identity for the Tanacross."--Amazon. 
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