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11/09/11 1 Stand-In For A Murderer Notes to Help You Follow the Dialogue Professor David Julian Hodges Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
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POTLATCH “A form of competitive giveaway [ and destruction of property] found among Native Americans from the Northwest Coast that serves as a mechanism for both achieving social status and distributing goods.” Definition from the glossary of Ferraro/Andreatta. 11/09/11 2
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11/09/11 3 Stand-In For A Murderer A Study in Culture TLINGIT INDIANS [ PRONOUNCED ‘CLING-IT’ ] OF SOUTHEAST ALASKA
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POTLATCH Please read p. 194-196 in the Ferraro/Andreatta textbook for a more extensive discussion of the “potlatch.” It is discussed as a mechanism of redistribution in Chapter 8, Economics. 11/09/11 4
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11/09/11 5 CHARACTERS KAKAI THE NANYAYA WARRIOR WHO ‘LOST FACE’ DURING THE WORDS EXCHANGED AT A POTLATCH . IN ANGER AND SHAME, HE KILLED HIS RIVAL, HYMAS. [BUT HE WAS NOT EQUAL IN RANK TO HYMAS.] HYMAS A HIGH-RANKING MEMBER OF THE KHANHATAS CLAN. KILLED IN A FIT OF ANGER BY KAKAI OF THE NANYAYAS
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Unformatted text preview: WHO BECAME OVERZEALOUS DURING A POTLATCH . 11/09/11 6 CHARACTERS • DATKAS A HIGH-RANKING MEMBER OF THE NANYAYA CLAN. A SKILLFUL WARRIOR WHO GAVE HIS LIFE IN “MOCK COMBAT” WHEN HE COULD HAVE EASILY KILLED HIS RIVAL. HE DIED FOR THE DEEDS OF KAKAI. • GOGOO “WHO HAS FOUGHT IN ONLY 3 BATTLES, IN ONE OF WHICH HE RAN. IN THE ONLY FEAST HE EVER GAVE, HE WAS MERCILESSLY SHAMED.” • SEGUEDE THE GREATEST CHIEF AMONG THE KHANHATAS WHO HAD SEEN MANY YEARS AND MANY BATTLES AS A WARRIOR OF HIGH HONOR. HE WAS THE PERSON CHOSEN TO TAKE THE LIFE OF DATKAS IN MOCK COMBAT. DATKAS WAS HIGHLY HONORED . Please Note Dr. Goldschmidt’s Commentary at the End of the Program • Nothing innate or inherent about culture. • Ways of behavior are learned. • Taken together the patterns harmonize. • Reference to WW II (See p. 320-321 in the Ferraro/Andreatta text • Using other cultures as a “mirror” through which we can better see ourselves. 11/09/11 7...
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