DB Nine Potlatches of the Pacific Northwest.

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Tribes in the Pacific Northwest culture area developed elaborate forms of hierarchical social organization, which were reinforced through the social event known as a “potlatch.” What was this event about, and how was it connected to 1) the redistribution of wealth as well as 2) social upward mobility, in this culture area?


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