Gold Fields of the Klondike; And the Wonders of Alaska

Gold Fields of the Klondike; And the Wonders of Alaska

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...death his widows pass to the oldest male in his mother's family. Younger brothers and nephews are allowed to escape the widows if they so desire by paying a good round sum in blankets. The Thlingets have their political societies. All of the same totem contribute to the potlatches of their chief, working sometimes for years to make an extravagant display. The potlatch is usually given at the full of the moon, and the host's clan and totem do not accept gifts. The seating and serving of guests is as precisely arranged as at the dinner of a diplomat. Hospitalities are invariably returned in kind. They are inveterate dancers, and songs and dramatic representations go with everything from a feast to a funeral. They have many games of chance, the favorite being a fan-tan played with fifty-two cylindrical sticks differently marked. The sticks are either drawn and matched, or players guess the number, position and odd or even of those the dealer hides under a mass of cedar shreds. The dealer and players join in a chant. In illness the Thlinget sends for his shaman or medicine man, who, continuing his fasts alone in the forests throughout life, continues to receive inspiration from his guardian spirit. He uses chants and other means for curing. The missionaries have done much to stop the old practice of cremation of the dead. Many of the tribes have long known the art of forging copper, and gold and silver are plentiful among them. The Athabascan or Stick Indians, of the interior, rank intellectually below their neighbors. Their temperament is inclined to be gloomy and morose and, in spite of their apparent stolidity, they are much given to panics and temporary hallucinations. Their chiefs are chosen without formality, either on account of their...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236763939
  • 9781236763938