giveaway ritual and feast

giveaway ritual and feast (givˑ··wā riˑ·ch·wl and fēstˑ),

n in Native American culture, a ceremony held to redistribute a person's possessions within the community. The purpose of the rite is to honor significant events including birth, naming ceremony, or healing from a disease. Within a Native American community, a person is given a higher status if he or she gives away more possessions. This selfless attitude is an indication that a person is following the original instructions given to him or her by the great spirit.