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The clan was an extension of one's household, and people were expected to support and defend their fellow clan members would their own housemates. If quested, for example, the much their help men as they was of one house- hold might join nearby clansmen on a And an entire re- raid. household frequently made contributions in advance to a potlatch given by their clan relatives. Each Tlingit clan belonged, in turn, to one of two larger groups -designated by Ravens or the Wolveswhose members were expected to perform crests as the important services for their opposite numbers.

A painting on the front of the house repeats the raven motif; figures representing other crests belonging to the chief s family were erected nearby. utl to learn and the stories to the Kwakiutl, Nootka, for had a fixed number titles of common titles he and Bella Coola, a son or daughter affiliation of either parent. In bers traced their descent to a nobles. These mem- word. To forget the place of clans, the Kwaki- had groups they called numaym, or "those of one kind," whose maym about his ancestors.

To be sure, crests did switch hands from time to time. They were sometimes captured offered as compensation for murder. To avoid war, for example, or in the humiliation of seeing their crests displayed by another lineage, however, a family often went great expense to buy them back and ceremonially redeem them. The supreme expression of a was family's devotion to its spiritual to heritage the totem pole. Usually carved of cedar, these exquisitely sculpted columns varied in size and style according to their function.

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