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The potlatch papers : a colonial case history, Christopher Bracken

Label
The potlatch papers : a colonial case history
Title
The potlatch papers
Title remainder
a colonial case history
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Bracken
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Variously described as an exchange of gifts, a destruction of property, a system of banking, and a struggle for prestige, the potlatch is one of the founding concepts of anthropology. Some researchers even claim to have discovered traces of the potlatch in all the economies of the world. However, as Christopher Bracken shows in this elegantly argued work, the potlatch was in fact invented by the nineteenth-century Canadian law that sought to destroy it. In addition to giving the world its own potlatch, the law also generated a random collection of "potlatch papers" dating from the 1860s to the 1930s. Bracken meticulously analyzes these documents - some canonical, like Franz Boas's ethnographies, others unpublished and little known - to catch a colonialist discourse in the act of constructing fictions about First Nations and then deploying those fictions against them. Rather than referring to objects that already exist, the "potlatch papers" instead gave themselves something to refer to, a mirror in which to observe not "the Indian," but "the European."
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bracken, Christopher
Dewey number
971/.000497
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E78.C2
LC item number
B78 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Potlatch
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America
  • Canada
  • Canada
  • Potlatch
  • Indiens d'Amérique
  • Indiens d'Amérique
  • Indiens d'Amérique
  • Potlatch
  • Indianen
  • Verboden
  • Overheid
  • Potlatch
  • Verbot
Label
The potlatch papers : a colonial case history, Christopher Bracken
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [251]-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Mark of Expenditure
  • Patlach
  • Encountering Language
  • Words and Things
  • A Double Inscription
  • Doctoring
  • Correspondences
  • Potlack
  • White Purveyors
  • The Textual Gift
  • Send-Off
  • Destroying Property
  • Sacrifice
  • At the Limit, Fire
  • Eating
  • Giving Eating
  • Remembering Death
  • White Cannibals
  • Poet of Memory
  • Summary Offenses
  • The Image and the Gift
  • Folding
  • Another Fold
  • Three Zones
  • Limit
  • Fold
  • Gift
  • Giving
  • Nameless Distribution
Control code
36573703
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780226069869
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97009829
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)36573703
Label
The potlatch papers : a colonial case history, Christopher Bracken
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [251]-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Mark of Expenditure
  • Patlach
  • Encountering Language
  • Words and Things
  • A Double Inscription
  • Doctoring
  • Correspondences
  • Potlack
  • White Purveyors
  • The Textual Gift
  • Send-Off
  • Destroying Property
  • Sacrifice
  • At the Limit, Fire
  • Eating
  • Giving Eating
  • Remembering Death
  • White Cannibals
  • Poet of Memory
  • Summary Offenses
  • The Image and the Gift
  • Folding
  • Another Fold
  • Three Zones
  • Limit
  • Fold
  • Gift
  • Giving
  • Nameless Distribution
Control code
36573703
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780226069869
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97009829
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)36573703

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