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War Club - 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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