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Author Kan, Sergei

Title Symbolic immortality : the Tlingit potlatch of the nineteenth century / Sergei Kan
Edition Second edition
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2015]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover -- SYMBOLIC IMMORTALITY -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface to the Second Edition -- Acknowledgments -- Tlingit Alphabet -- Tlingit Technical Sound Chart -- Map of Southeast Alaska, the Land of the Coastal Tlingits -- Introduction -- Chapter One. Outline of the Mortuary Rites -- PART ONE. THE PERSON AND THE SOCIAL ORDER -- Chapter Two. The "Outside" and the "Inside": The Tlingit View of the Human Being -- Chapter Three. Shagóon and the Social Person: The Cultural Ideal -- Chapter Four. The Aristocrat as the Ideal Person -- PART TWO. THE FUNERAL
Chapter Five. Cosmology, Eschatology, and the Nature of Death -- Chapter Six. The Deceased, the Mourners, and the Opposites: Actors in the Ritual Drama -- Chapter Seven. Grief, Mourning, and the Politics of the Funeral -- PART THREE. THE POTLATCH -- Chapter Eight. The Potlatch as a Mortuary Ritual -- Chapter Nine. Competition and Cooperation, Hierarchy and Equality -- PART FOUR. DEATH IN NORTHWESTERN NORTH AMERICA AND BEYOND -- Chapter Ten. The Tlingit Mortuary Complex: A Comparative Perspective -- Conclusion: The Tlingit Mortuary Complex and the Anthropology of Death -- Epilogue -- Notes
Glossary -- References -- Index
Summary Decades after its initial publication, Symbolic Immortality retains its status as the most comprehensive analysis of the mortuary practices of the Tlingit Indians of southeastern Alaska-or any other indigenous culture of the Northwest Coast. This updated and expanded edition furthers our understanding of the potlatch (koo.ex') as a total social phenomenon, with emotional and religious as well as economic and sociopolitical dimensions. The result is a major contribution to both Northwest Coast ethnology and theoretical literature on the anthropology of death
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Tlingit Indians -- Funeral customs and rites
Potlatch -- Northwest Coast of North America
Indians of North America -- Funeral customs and rites -- Northwest Coast of North America
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
HISTORY -- Native American.
Indians of North America -- Funeral customs and rites.
Politische Anthropologie
Sozialer Austausch
North America -- Northwest Coast of North America.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780295806280
Other Titles Tlingit potlatch of the nineteenth century