Sunday, September 19, 2021

Those Nasty White People

If you search for references to potlach you will find gobs of positive portrayals of it as a gift giving festival with great symbolism as the giving or destroying valuables shows how wealthy you are.  Both the Canadian and American governments banned potlaches for many years because of those mean old missionaries.   I had a vague memory of the potlach that was so dark that the laws made sense.  With a little digging, I found it here:

The destruction of goods as a show of wealth could include either the freeing or killing of slaves, who were usually acquired specifically for potlach.

I have since found dozens more accounts of the killing of slaves during potlaches as a way of displaying wealth and in most sources these slaves were acquired strictly for this purpose.  But all the references to potlaches I can find high on the Google search for some reason leave out these unpleasant detail.

I am doing this from my phone in the smallest room in the house.  I will expand these tomorrow.


and this one which I think that I have read somewhere in the last six decades.  A club with a special name: the slave killer. 

Yes.  I can well believe Christian missionaries disapproved.


  1. Off-topic, but presumably of interest to someone "trying to prevent Idiocracy from becoming a documentary."

    "New paper on current natural selection. Correlation between 33 polygenic scores and each person's number of children across two generations (in 400k Britons from UKBiobank). Modern society is selecting for bad traits and selecting against good traits."
    - @whyvert

    1. I blogged about in the last year or two. Incest is a bad idea. Look at pictures of Saddam Hussein and his Cabinet.