Sunday, May 6, 2018

Tomahawk: Traditional weapon of Native American

During the early years of the Indian Wars, Native Americans relied on traditional weapons of war such as bows and arrows and tomahawks. These tools were used for both hunting and battle. They were simple but deadly. Indian warriors were trained to use them effectively.

Warriors usually made their own weapons. The tomahawk was a one-handed tool, originally containing a stone head tied to a wooden shaft with buckskin or other animal hide thongs. The term “tomahawk” is a corruption of the Algonquin word tamahakan.

The word tomahawk was originally applied to a group of striking weapon which were commonly and anciently used by both Algonquian and Iroquoian tribes of eastern North American.

Warriors use tomahawks like clubs or threw them at enemies. By the late 18th century, most tomahawks were made in Europe with an iron head. The tools generally would have a wooden handle with a head of perhaps one pound or less.
Tomahawk: Traditional weapon of Native American
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