Posted by: jwhiff | January 28, 2017

Potlatch Gift Research

I have created a set of potlatch gift cards with some very spectacular items.  Students must collect gifts to give away at potlatches that equal or exceed gifts they have been given by other groups.  This creates an interesting problem.  What is the relative worth of each gift?

We are going to do some research as a class before deciding for ourselves.  Each gift comes with a decent link so that students might understand them better and make informed decisions.  Hopefully this is helpful to you, too.

Gift 1: Copper Shield  (when you get to the page, make sure you scroll down until you get to the “Copper” subheading)

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Gift 2: Bentwood Box

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Gift 3: Chilkat Blanket

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Gift 4: Salish Nobility Blanket

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Gift 5: Eulachon (ooligan) oil

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Gift 6: Nuu-chah-nulth Ocean Canoe or Haida Canoe

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Gift 7: Woven Cedar Blankets

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Gift 8: Tlingit Copper Knife

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Gift 9: Carved Mask

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Gift 10: Woven Hat

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Gift 11: Carved Feast Dishes

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Gift 12: Smoked Salmon

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