pot·latch ˈpätˌlaCH/ noun noun: potlatch; plural noun: potlatches 1. (among North American Indian peoples of the northwest coast) an opulent ceremonial feast at which possessions are given away or destroyed to display wealth or enhance prestige.
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We were invited to the Potlatch given by the new Heriditary Chief, Laanaas Sdang, of the iits'aaw Yahgujaanaas 'laanaas and jaanas clan, one of the Haida clans in Old Masset.
All of the Chiefs in the Haida Nation were invited and I am guessing every one that could, attended. I was in poor location for picture taking, so only got four on their way in.
Getting 'draped' in his new robe
His new headress is put on
And, 'Laanaas Sdang', the new chief of the iits'aaw Yahgujaanaas 'laanaas and jaanas clan is presented.
Well known Haida artist Robert Davidson is a powerhouse in the Haida community. Not so much because he is an artist but because of his linage.
If you happen to loose something...forget it somewhere, you must dance to get it back.
A drum box
And, at the end...the Payment....the give-aways....everything from towels to jams to canned salmon to...just, so much.
This is a Potlatch...food, dancing, singing and the Payment.