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Northwest Coast societies, at the beginning of the Modern period, were stratified. The coast's elite wielded power over a class of slaves whose labour produced at least some of the wealth upon which high status depended. While it is possible to trace the development of an elite on the northern Northwest Coast back 3000 calendar years. if not more, documenting the presence of slavery has proven far more intractable. Underst311ding the evolution of slavery is dependent on our understanding of thedoi:10.1080/00438240120047591 fatcat:eyz22sunebg3tane3cwf73lff4