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War club

Karajá or Mebêngôkre war club
ca. 1920
Rio Xingu, Brazil
Hardwood, wood splints, cordage
103 x 5.5 cm
Collected by Arthur H. Fisher

Clubs such as these were used by both the Mebêngôkre (Kayapó) and Karajá peoples. Mebêngôkre call these clubs kô kangã (snake club) because of the stripes, or kô kam'yr (club with weaving). The weaving on the handle probably indicates the clubs’ special use for warfare rather than for ordinary hunting.

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