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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17125

Title: Kwakwaka'wakw Laws and Perspectives Regarding Property
Authors: Bell, Lucy
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2006
Publisher: Indigenous Law Journal
Abstract: The Kwakwaka’wakw people, like all Indigenous peoples in Canada, have been dispossessed of their lands. Land is but one form of property. Now Indigenous knowledge and other property are being commodified and appropriated. In response to this problem, I describe customs from Kwakwaka’wakw p’əsa (potlatch) that can be used to protect Kwakwaka’wakw property. These customs were followed in my research and writing, which includes a metaphor of Chilkat weaving as my research and writing methodology. I share with my readers knowledge and some Kwa’kwala words shared with me in interviews I conducted. Based on these interviews, I suggest some principles from p’əsa to be considered in making proposals for contemporary laws for the protection of Kwakwaka’wakw property.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17125
ISSN: 1703-4566
Rights: Indigenous Law Journal
Appears in Collections:Fall 2006, Volume 5, No. 1

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