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​​​U'Mista ​​Cultural Centre
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The Meaning of U'mista 

In earlier days, people were sometimes taken captive by raiding parties. When they returned to their homes, either through payment of ransom or by a raid, they were said to have u'mista. The return of our treasures from distant museums is a form of u'mista.

LIving Tradition: The Kwakwaka'wakw Potlatch on the Northwest Coast
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​Find out more about the potatch of the northwest coast.