Gunstock war club

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Gunstock War Club, c.1850-96
North American, Great Lakes, Chippewa people
Maple shaft with steel blade,

Donated by Sir James K Caird, 1896
Museum number 1979-87

With no access to gun powder or lead shot, Native Americans made valuable gun stocks into war clubs. Two spirit birds are engraved onto this one. Their sacred power is shown using wavy lines that emanate from their eyes.

Gunstock war club
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