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Potlatch: A Strict Law Bids Us Dance

1986, 53:00 minutes

TAPECODE 3002.01

Over the centuries, the Kwakiutl Indians developed a sophisticated culture based on the ceremonial giving-away of surplus wealth. For years, the Canadian government outlawed the Potlatch. Through this action, a unique people were crushed and their cultural artifacts seized, studied and "protected." The U'Mista Cultural Society decided in 1974 to trace the history of the Potlatch. This is their story in a new thirty minute version told by Gloria Cranmer Webster of Alert Bay, British Columbia.

Director: Chuck Olina

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