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Old October 25, 2012, 09:40 AM   #22
Double Naught Spy
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Salty,
I found this source, but it seems as full of lore as it is of fact, making it less than reliable...
http://home.comcast.net/~burokerl/tomahawk.htm

The term is from Ojibwe, which is a variant Algonquin language.
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dict...laces&letter=t

However, to suggest that it was the primary fighting implement of Native Americans in the first link above would be a gross misrepresentation. It was used for fighting by some groups in some areas, but in the SW, for example, war clubs (aka 'rabbit sticks') were more common for the task and even then not necessarily the "primary" fighting weapon.

It should be pointed out that many prehistoric "tomahawks" were not particularly sharp and were more along the lines of weighted clubs and mauls than of hatchets. Construction of prehistory Native American tomahawks often involved materials other than chert, depending on what was available.
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