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Among the Kwaikutul of the American Northwest, there was a process of challenge, where one chief would destroy blankets, etc, and the other chief would be challenged to destroy an equivalent amount.  To do so showed the status of the chief, to fail broke the chiefs reputation.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sat Oct 20th, 2007 at 11:35:14 PM EST
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