22 July 2010

Keep/Give








Compulsive hoarders the Collyer brothers, who amassed 130 tons of garbage in their brownstone house, eventually causing their demise, including mounds of newspapers and 14 pianos.






A Northwest pacific tribal (Haida, Tlingit and others) custom known as 'Potlatch' whereby high status was granted to those who could give away the most stuff to friends and neighbours.
Gifts might include blankets, tools and foodstuffs. This practice was apparently banned by government until the 50's.


2 comments:

  1. feel free to give me any of your jewelry you may be hoarding :-)

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  2. David, great post and a cracker of a story about those Collyer Brothers
    liked the potlatch info as well . . .
    Cheers!

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