The Take Over Cycle

  • Carolynn M. Simeone


The Take Over Cycle is a drinking ritual that is a substitute method of fulfilling the obligations of values traditionally served by the Potlatch. Historically, the cultural values of social activity, reciprocity, prestige and spiritual regeneration were fulfilled through the Potlatch (McKennan, 1959). In modern Athapascan society there are two groups: the traditionalists who participate in the Potlatch and the drinkers who participate in what I term the Take Over Cycle.


Problematic Drinking Substitute Method Social Drinking Cash Economy Continuous Drink 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolynn M. Simeone
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  1. 1.State of Alaska, Office of Alcoholism and Drug AbuseUSA

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