Unformatted text preview: in potlatches and other ceremonies. Potlatches are held for many different reasons marriage birth, and death being the main ones but there are also other reasons such as repaying insult, to save face, to establish rights to certain dances, songs crests or regalia. The music of the Kwakiutl people is also very complex, as people of the tribe must gain ownership to certain songs. When Christianity came about these people they were didn’t let any of their songs out of their tribe. If someone was to sing a song belonging to another then he was scorned upon and treated as a thief. The Kwakiutl people are very complex and their trial society is very amazing. I think that these people should be regarded as one of the most complex and interesting society of the North American tribes. From their music to their secret societies it will be hard to ever understand the full story of this tribe for they have put the highest importance of keeping things secret....
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- Spring '11
- Music, Native Americans in the United States, First Nations, Kwakwaka'wakw, Kwakiutl people