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Caribou-antler club

 

Length: 53.000 cm

Collected by Mrs D.K. Oldman

AOA 1949.Am22.149

Room 26: North America

    Caribou-antler club

    Northern Athapaskan, Ingalik?, before AD 1850
    From Alaska, North America

    The club has a fitted grip of skin, and is decorated with incised geometric designs, porcupine quillwork, and beads. The geometric designs may be abstract representations of natural phenomena.

    Around twenty or twenty-five of these clubs are known. They were used in the Western Subarctic by the Ahtena, Tanaina and other Northern Athapaskan-speaking groups. Sometimes they were fitted with metal points set in the projecting tine. Such weapons were used to finish off wounded game, to kill bears, and in hand-to-hand combat.

    J.C.H. King, First peoples, first contacts: (London, The British Museum Press, 1999)

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