National Geographic : 1945 Jan
() INationai ueograpnic society "'"5°.."b." Actors in Masks and Slaves at Paddles, Celebrants Arrive in Totem-pole Town for Potlatch, anExtravagant Gift Giving From Oregon to Alaska, potlatch was the main social event. Dancing, singing, and feasting were on the program. Hooded men impersonated animal characters ofthe legends. On the water front, a new house or totem pole was erected. Guests were laden with food and blankets.Temporarily impoverished byhishospitality, the canny host won fame for generosity. As a guest at future potlatches, he expected repayment, plus interest, of all hehad given. Atpotlatches today Christian Indians bestow trade goods bought with wages.