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Re: What's the Point(less)?

Poster: James Morrow <Achbar@worldnet.att.net>

MarsaliFox@aol.com wrote:
> Poster: MarsaliFox@aol.com
> In a message dated 96-07-17 10:19:56 EDT, you write:
> <<  For those of you unfamiliar with the term Potlatch, it is a
>  practice developed by the Kwakutel (sp? Northwest Coast) Indians.  They
>  would get together and build a large fire and you gained prestige by
>  being the one to burn up / destroy the most valuable goods.  There's a
>  lot more to it than this, but I believe you get the idea. >>
> My understanding of a potlatch is that wealth is redistributed, not
> destroyed.  The persons goods were given away, with particular attention to
> the needs of the elderly and poor.  Persons spent years collecting sufficient
> items for a give-away and entire families contributed so that the host would
> have enough items to gain prestige.   That's not the point.  Maybe we could get together and just try to have something of 
normal relations with other Kingdoms and they won't view us as a Bunch of " Rhino Hides" 
 and worse.
    Let's take Your idea a bit further.  We have something of a Toys for Tots North.  
Each Kingdom could gather Toys and distribute those via other Non profit organizations. 
 We won't have to Burn Good Stuff to Gain Prestige.

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