The traditional Tlingit value of Wooch Yáx̱ (Social and Spiritual Balance) governs interrelationships between Tlingit clans, and between the Tlingit and other tribes, nations, and institutions. The settlement of disputes between Tlingit clans and other groups relied on concepts of balance, achieved through compensation, to approach a state of peace among the parties. Inter-clan warfare was formally ended by a Peace Ceremony performed to restore balance. Negotiations to settle disputes relied on balance and restitution. The Peace Ceremony, called the Guwakaan or Deer Ceremony, validated the decisions of clan leaders reached through negotiation.