Box of Treasures

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Box of Treasures

  • 1985 ----- color ----- 28 min ----- 16mm
  • In 1921 the Kwakiutl people of Alert Bay, B.C., held their last secret potlatch. Half a century later the splendid masks, blankets and copper heirlooms that had been confiscated by the Canadian government were returned. The Kwakiutl built a cultural center to house these treasures and named it u'mista, "something of great value that has come back." Presents an eloquent testimony to the persistence and complexity of Kwakiutl society today and to the struggle to redefine cultural identity in one Northwest Coast Native American community. (Sequel to Potlatch: A Strict Law Bids Us Dance)
  • Topics: (American Indian Studies, Art: Tribal, Canadian Studies)