a line of people beating an initiate


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usa, english
Hi, I'm trying to think of a word that describes an old native American custom.
A new person would be taken into the tribe, usually by being captured or traded for. The women (and sometimes men) would line up and they'd push this person through the line; where he/she got hit, slapped, beaten and spit on until they reached the other end. I cannot think of the word.

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