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GIVING AWAY: THE CEREMONIAL DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS AMONG THE NORTHERN CHEYENNE OF SOUTHEASTERN MONTANA

Katherine M. Weist
Plains Anthropologist
Vol. 18, No. 60 (May 1973), pp. 97-103
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25667139
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GIVING AWAY: THE CEREMONIAL DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS AMONG THE NORTHERN CHEYENNE OF SOUTHEASTERN MONTANA
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Abstract

The Northern Cheyenne, like most Plains reservation tribes, frequently hold public distributions of goods called give-aways. Give-aways occur throughout the year in order to honor individual Cheyennes and, through the obligation of reciprocity, intra-tribal and inter-tribal ties are established and maintained. The give-away exchanges and their functions are analyzed utilizing Marshall Sahlins' typology of primitive exchange.

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