RARE NORTHWEST COAST HAIDA SPOON CIRCA 1850 - NO RESERVE! Fresh find that surfaced in London - Used in potlatch ceremonies. 19th century Haida potlatch spoon, recently surfaced in London. Carved goat horn handle decorated with totemic figures, attached to the curved bowl by a brass rivet.
The Potlatch was the basis of a Gift Economy, as opposed to a barter economy or a market economy. Measurements: 9 in length, weighs 1.9oz. Provenance : From a London estate. Condition : Condition is as viewed.
A potlatch is a gift-giving festival and primary economic system practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and United States. The word comes from the Chinook Jargon, meaning'to give away', originally from the Nuu-chah-nulth word pai, to make a ceremonial gift in a potlatch.It went through a history of rigorous ban by both the Canadian and United States' federal governments, and has been the study of many anthropologists. At potlatch gatherings, a family or hereditary leader hosts guests in their family's house and holds a feast for their guests. The main purpose of the potlatch is the redistribution and reciprocity of wealth. For many potlatches, spiritual ceremonies take place for different occasions. This is either through material wealth such as foods and goods or non-material things such as songs and dances. For some cultures, such as Kwakwaka'wakw, elaborate and theatrical dances are performed reflecting the hosts' genealogy and cultural wealth. Many of these dances are also sacred ceremonies of secret societies. Typically the potlatching is practiced more in the winter seasons as historically the warmer months were for procuring wealth for the family, clan, or village, then coming home and sharing that with neighbours and friends. If you had us bookmarked as MaunaKeaGalleries, please update your bookmarks as we have changed our username to better reflect the rebranding of our business. The item "RARE NORTHWEST COAST HAIDA SPOON CIRCA 1850 NO RESERVE" is in sale since Thursday, February 16, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "manuantiques" and is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This item can be shipped worldwide.