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Club

So-Called Violin-Shaped Handclubs, Kotiate The kotiate can be viewed as a natural development from the wahaika. While the wahaika can fairly be credited, I think, as the weapon type in which...

Club

This is a tewhatewha, a quarter-circle back-weighted club. This two-handed weapon was wielded in a manner were blows were landed with the straight, flat side; alternatively the pointed butt...

Throwing weapon

A pierced stone threaded with a hide loop. To this is fastened a second loop which ends with a walrus ivory handle in the form of a sea otter. Collected...

Club

Wooden Hand-Clubs, Patu The patu was a short teardrop-shaped hand-club, and was in many ways the definitive one-handed weapon of the Maori warrior. During the later 18th and earlier 19th century,...

Spear club

Parahua spear club. The parahua of the Marquesas Islands is the most intensively refined type of spear club, with a sharp point and thin blade. This made it a...

Bolas

For hunting waterfowl on land, and most effective when thrown into flocks of birds. The bolas was used by both Alaskans and Siberians. Those with driftwood weights were...

Club

This close quarter combat weapon is said to have belonged to Chief Rangiaho. (This could be interpreted as Rangiaho, the wife of Chief Tawhiao). It was taken by a British...

Taiaha

Staff with carved top in the form of a head with an elongated tongue protruding in a typical Maori gesture of defiance. This is both a fighting weapon and a...

Spear club

This two-handed fighting staff was not only a weapon but also a staff of office for a chief. Decoration included paua shell, wool and dog hair but this example is...