Kwakwaka’wakw Chief Performed Shaming rite

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UPDATE: THE RITE WAS PERFORMED [scroll down for photos of broken shield]

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First Nations Chief to Perform Rare Shaming Rite Against Harper Government
FEBRUARY 10, 2013 via Facebook

“To be shamed was one of the worst things that could happen to you,” Cranmer said, adding: “What Beau Dick is doing is more symbolic than anything.”

A traditional Kwakwaka’wakw ceremony that has not been performed for decades will take place Sunday on the legislature lawn as a symbolic shaming of the federal government.

A copper — a metal plaque traditionally used to measure the status, wealth and power of Kwakwaka’wakw chiefs — will be broken by hereditary Chief Beau Dick, who has walked from Quatsino, near Port Hardy, with family members and supporters. “The copper is a symbol of justice, truth and balance, and to break one is a threat, a challenge and can be an insult,” Dick said…

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