- n. Plural form of potlatch.
“For important feasts known as potlatches, whole salmon fillets were suspended on cedar planks and placed around a fire to cook.”
“Chilcotins knew also of these "potlatches", but among them inheritance followed patrilinear principles, and their chiefs had more power because less numerous and unconnected with the clan system.”
“At their "potlatches," as the raising bees were called by the whites, trading went on vigorously.”
“Critics point out lots of places to hide in the cumbersome trading scheme, witness 800-pages of special interest potlatches in the DOA Warner Lieberman bill, whereas a carbon tax is as inexorable as … taxes.”
“Critics point out lots of places to hide in the cumbersome trading scheme, witness 800-pages of special interest potlatches in the DOA Warner Lieberman bill, whereas a carbon tax is as inexorable as ... taxes.”
“The hecatombs of the Aztecs and the potlatches of the Native Americans of British Columbia are interpreted by Bataille as examples of practices in which squandering, waste and expenditure – in a word: the genereal economy – is given its proper place in culture.”
“It was only among mobile cultures-after the unfortunate domestication of animals-that surplus, a result of overachievement, led to potlatches and competitive feasts-orgies of conspicuous consumption and conspicuous waste-which attached to simple, healthy, effective economies the destructive elements of power and prestige.”
“One of the ways in which individuals maintained their social position was by giving away quantities of goods of all kinds at the potlatches which they organized.”
“At the potlatches the children of chiefs were initiated into secret societies.”
“At subsequent potlatches he received in his turn a measure of their goods in proportion to his own gifts, so that he was sometimes richer than before.”
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