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Small war club constructed of a stick handle attached to a rock head with a secure wrap of rawhide

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Small War Club (Drumstick) -- The club is constructed of a stick handle attached to a rock head with a secure wrap of rawhide. A buckskin band with yellow, red, blue, white, and orange seed beads decorates the butt end of the handle. A long streamer of hair is attached to the butt end of the handle.

Many Plains tribes used stone-headed clubs in warfare. These clubs often had a wooden handle, which would attach to the stone head with rawhide thongs. The handles of war clubs were often decorated with beads or quills and hair.

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Title(s): 
Small war club constructed of a stick handle attached to a rock head with a secure wrap of rawhide
Culture: 
Native American; Plains
Date: 
19th century
Period: 
Historic
Place: 
Great Plains, United States of America
Materials/Techniques: 
wood, leather, buffalo hair, beads, sinew, stone
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
84.2455
Department: 
Not On View

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