Description and Definition of the Lance: The Lance
is a primitive instrument of war and
hunting consisting of a long handle, or shaft
measuring from 9 to 14 feet in length,
with a sharp spearhead or projectile point.
Native American Indians would use to the Lance
on horseback or for ceremonial purposes. The
points of the lance were originally made of a hard stone, such
as flint, but were replaced by metal points.
The points, or blades, of the lance were made similar to
larger in size and somewhat different in shape.
was the weapon that eventually developed into the lance.
The pictures on this page illustrating the
Native American lance provides and indication of
the length of this weapon.
The Lance used on horseback by
Native American Lance - The Differences between
a Lance and a Spear
The differences between a spear and a lance were
their size and their purpose. A Native American
spear was easier to manage and used to to strike, thrust, slash or
thrown to take down their enemies. The handle of
the spear was much shorter than a lance, as were
its sharp head or point. The lance was designed
for use on horseback and measured from 9 to 14
feet in length. The blades of lances were also
generally longer and wider.
Native American Lance - Buffalo Hunting
buffalo hunting the Lance was the preferred
weapon on horseback to the bow and arrow. The
long, heavy and unwieldy lances took great skill
to use effectively together with excellent
horsemanship. The Buffalo rider would tuck the
lance under his arm and select a buffalo. The
buffalo hunter would couch the lance under the
arm and charge at the animal. The lance was not
used as a spear, in that it was rarely thrown.
One jab from a lance would rarely bring down a
heavy buffalo, repeated strikes were required to
bring the buffalo down. After the initial charge
the method was to run alongside the buffalo and
jab the long bladed lance into the animal just back of
Buffalo Hunt using a lance as a hunting weapon