wood cut into shape of miniature rifle; decorated with carved lines on one side and five thunderbirds on other side; ribbons tied to rawhide ties in holes at barrel end and at hammer area

Miniature Gunstock War Club, c. 1860

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The gunstock war club was a common weapon among people from the Great Lakes and Woodlands regions. Its name is derived from its shape, as viewed from the side. Most clubs are larger than this one, with an average length of 25-30 inches. The five thunderbirds incised on the club symbolize the spiritual power of the natural world. Lightning radiates from the thunderbirds, shown as zigzagged lines. Ceremonial use is indicated by the club's small size, the decorative incisions and the remnants of applied red pigment.

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Miniature Gunstock war Club (#557)
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Miniature Gunstock War Club
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Accession Number
98.113
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wood cut into shape of miniature rifle; decorated with carved lines on one side and five thunderbirds on other side; ribbons tied to rawhide ties in holes at barrel end and at hammer area