While associated primarily with Tlingit, Haida and other peoples of the Northwest Coast, potlatches are held by many Alaska Native cultures. These large gatherings may be given for a variety of occasions - a memorial for a deceased relative; a naming ceremony for a child; the completion of a new house or of clan regalia; a wedding; or the erection of a totem pole. A potlatch might also be held to rid the host of a shame or to elevate his status or that of his children. The feasting, singing and dancing may last many days. Guests are invited to witness the event and are given gifts at the end of the celebration.

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