Tomahawk

1969.1030

Category
Creation Date
1880 – 1900

Dimensions

10.160 cm. W x 48.260 cm. L Item (Overall)

Description
Flint rock tomahawk of which the handle is 15 inches long and 3/4 inches in diameter of hard wood, spilt at one end to admit a 3" wide flint rock, which extends 2" in one side and 1.5 inches on either side of handle. Touch strips of sinew are wrapped around, stick above and below the rock, and hold the rock perfectly rigid. The handle is not straight, the wood has a knot in it that has been whittled with a knife. A hole is drilled in one end for hanging. In 2015, Archaeologists from the Minnesota Historical Society visited our museum and identified several of the pieces in our collection. This piece is all wrong. The stone would have been used as a hoe - not an axe. It was attached to a handle in modern times by someone who did not know how the stone was to be used. It is Red Stone from the St. Louis Area.

Related People and Organizations
Riley, Harold

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