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What The “Last Tlingit Potlatch” Of 1904 Was Really About

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By Harvard University Native American Program

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 to 7pm

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Utilizing written and archival sources as well as the authorʼs own ethnographic data collected between 1979 and 2018, this paper examines the central role played by the memorial potlatch in Tlingit culture of the early 1900s and discusses whether the 1904 ceremony was truly the “last” potlatch. It also briefly looks at the 2004 centennial celebration of the 1904 potlatch.


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