Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (December 8, 1997)
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Variously defined as an alternate of presents, a destruction of estate, a method of banking, and a fight for status, the potlatch is likely one of the founding options of anthropology. a few researchers even declare to have chanced on strains of the potlatch in all of the economies of the world.However, as Christopher Bracken indicates during this elegantly argued paintings, the potlatch used to be in truth invented via the nineteenth-century Canadian legislations that sought to break it. as well as giving the area its personal potlatch, the legislations additionally generated a random choice of "potlatch papers" courting from the 1860s to the Nineteen Thirties. Bracken meticulously analyzes those documents—some canonical, like Franz Boas's ethnographies, others unpublished and little known—to trap a colonialist discourse within the act of creating fictions approximately sure First countries after which deploying these fictions opposed to them. instead of touching on items that exist already, the "potlatch papers" as a substitute gave themselves anything to consult; a reflect during which to watch now not "the Indian," yet "the European."