Basically Potlatches and big men feasts are just that feasts. This are big event where a lot of people come together, it is a social occasion were the host throws this party as a way to up hold his social standing. In the culture of the Northwest coasts inhabitants The event was usually thrown in honor of some big event like maybe a marriage after a boy has become a man or a child is born. However these are very different from a feast because the fact that the guest are invited to share food and then will often receive some kind of payment, a gift. The tribes of the northwest coast included Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish, Kwakiutl, Bella Coola, Haida, Nootka, Tsimshian, and Tlingit tribes. So these “feasts” are similar to one of our modern day parties, in my opinion. Often times a bring your own beer party is like one of these potlatches because people all bring their own alcohol and often will share with others. Of course there is potlucks that we have were everyone brings food to share which is also very similar. http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/potlatch/page2.html
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Event planning, Pacific Northwest, Coast Salish, big men feasts, Bella Coola