- A striking weapon of stone, bone, or wood, in the shape of a club.
There were several varieties of war clubs, some of which were called tomahawks
in the early days.
Indians of the northern Plains made a war
club from a rock, worked into the shape to about three inches in diameter
and five inches in length, pointed at both ends. A slight depression
or groove was made around the center and a piece of green rawhide was then
used to fasten a four foot handle to the rock. A scalp, buffalo tail,
or eagle feather usually was used as decoration.
Sometimes the war club simply was a heavy
piece of wood, of which one end was trimmed down into a handle and the
other into a ball like shape. Large bones were fashioned in the same
manner. Some wooden war clubs had several butcher knife blades sunk
in the striking end.
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