Why Potlatching?

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Gukwdzi - Bighouse in Alert Bay

After listening to the audio clip, Potlatch Means to Give, read the following list and choose the answers to the question, Why the Kwakwaka’wakw potlatch? Write out the reasons in spaces provided below the picture of the gukwdzi - Bighouse, the traditional building where potlatches take place.

  • The naming of children
  • New Bighouse
  • Carving a new canoe
  • Marriage
  • Transferring rights and privileges
  • Mourning the dead
  • Gathering food
Colour photograph showing front of the Gukwdzi big house in Alert Bay.