Symbolic Immortality: The Tlingit Potlatch of the Nineteenth Century, Second Edition by Sergei KanSymbolic Immortality: The Tlingit Potlatch of the Nineteenth Century, Second Edition by Sergei Kan

Symbolic Immortality: The Tlingit Potlatch of the Nineteenth Century, Second Edition

bySergei Kan

Paperback | September 23, 2015

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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.éex?) 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.

Sergei Kan is professor of anthropology and Native American studies at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Memory Eternal: Tlingit Culture and Russian Orthodox Christianity through Two Centuries and A Russian American Photographer in Tlingit Country: Vincent Soboleff in Alaska, and editor of Sharing Our Knowledge: The Tlingit and Th...
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Title:Symbolic Immortality: The Tlingit Potlatch of the Nineteenth Century, Second EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.01 × 6.02 × 1 inPublished:September 23, 2015Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments Tlingit Alphabet Tlingit Technical Sound Chart Map of Southeast Alaska, the Land of the Coastal Tlingits

Introduction 1. Outline of the Mortuary Rites

Part One | The Person and the Social Order2. The ?Outside? and the ?Inside?: The Tlingit View of the Human Being 3. Shagóon and the Social Person: The Cultural Ideal 4. The Aristocrat as the Ideal Person

Part Two | The Funeral5. Cosmology, Eschatology, and the Nature of Death6. The Deceased, the Mourners, and the Opposites: Actors in the Ritual Drama7. Grief, Mourning, and the Politics of the Funeral

Part Three | The Potlatch8. The Potlatch as a Mortuary Ritual 9. Competition and Cooperation, Hierarchy and Equality

Part Four | Death in Northwestern North America and Beyond10. The Tlingit Mortuary Complex: A Comparative Perspective

Conclusion: The Tlingit Mortuary Complex and the Anthropology of DeathEpilogue Notes Glossary References Index

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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.éex?) 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.Symbolic Immortality is a very thorough examination of the most important (in terms of both cultural significance and scholarly and popular interest) Native American ritual in the Pacific Northwest, the memorial potlatch. No other book probes the existing literature on the potlatch in such a constructively comprehensive, comparative, and critical way. . . . Symbolic Immortality has stood the test of time. . . . As the potlatch continues to serve a central function in Northwest Coast social life (even among non-Natives), this new edition . . . , with its insights into the contemporary potlatch, will likely become even more indispensable. - Thomas F. Thornton, University of Oxford