Salmon, songs, and blankets: Creativity on the northwest coast

Michael Lesk

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The First Nations groups in British Columbia (and nearby Native American groups in Alaska) recognized the ownership of songs and dances, and transferred them as items of value; they did so in a social system rather than a legal one.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5772968
Pages (from-to)78-81
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Security and Privacy
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Law


  • Alaska
  • First Nations
  • Kwakiutl
  • Tlingit
  • Tsimshian
  • intellectual property
  • social protection
  • traditional knowledge


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