War Clubs

Sioux war dance brandishing war clubs

Sioux war dance brandishing war clubs

Discover interesting facts and information about the  weapons, including the War Clubs, used by Native American Indian tribes.

  • Native American weapons - the War Club
  • Description  and definition of the War Club
  • Types of War Club
  • The use of the War Clubs and method of fighting
  • Interesting facts and information about the tools and weapons, including the different styles and types of War Clubs which was used by different Native American tribes
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War Clubs
Description and Definition of War Clubs. War Clubs encompass a wide variety of weapons used by the different tribes of Native American Indians. The first types of war clubs were simple bludgeoning weapons such as heavy bones, wooden clubs and stone clubs. Examples of the bludgeoning types of war clubs were the jawbone club and the throwing stick or rabbit stick. The skills of the Flint Knappers increased and war clubs were specifically designed with wooden handles and sharpened stone edges which could be used as tools or weapons for throwing and close combat. Although these war clubs all had stone heads these primitive weapons were still deadly. The arrival of the Europeans, the white settlers and traders, introduced new ideas and technology. Later types of Native American war clubs replaced those made of stone, horn, bone and hardened woods with metals such as iron and steel.

Categories and Types of War Clubs
We have sorted the styles and types of Native American war clubs into five main categories based on their design:




Chart and List of Native American War Clubs
The following chart and list of Native American War Clubs provides the names of the Native American weapons that fall into this category together with their differences and descriptions.

Types of Native American War Clubs


Names of Weapons


Description of Native American War Clubs

 War Clubs: Tomahawks

The Tomahawk was a hatchet style weapon that had a solid wooden handle with a head made of stone, bone or metal. The tomahawk could be used for close contact fighting or as a throwing weapon.


 War Clubs: Gunstock Club The Gunstock Club was so-called because these weapons resembled the shape of a a musket or rifle body and carved in the shape of a European gunstock. Gunstock clubs were widely used across North America in the late 18th and 19th centuries, both as weapons and status symbols. They were often made with hard wood or whale bone and embellished with carvings on the handle.


 War Clubs: Pick Axe Style Club The Pick Axe style club was made of either stone or metal blades. These types of clubs had a sharp edge on one side and a diamond shape point on the other side. The blades were attached to a wooden handle. These were used as weapons for hand-to-hand fighting


 War Clubs: Axes
The Axe had a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle


 War Clubs: Fixed Ball Club The Fixed Ball club was used with the intention of breaking the enemy's jaw with a violent upward thrust.


 War Clubs: Bird Head Club The Bird Head club was elaborately designed to resemble the head of a bird.


 War Clubs:
The Traditional War Clubs
 The hitting edge of the traditional Stone Club was rounded and measured between 20 - 30 inches long.

War Club


 War Clubs: Jawbone Club A Jawbone club was constructed out of the jawbone of a buffalo or a horse. The Plains Native Americans would sharpen the hitting edge of the club whilst leaving the teeth inside the jaw bone intact. The jawbone club was used as a close combat weapon and had the ability to cut through the chest of an opponent.


 War Clubs: Throwing Sticks - Rabbit Sticks Throwing Sticks aka Rabbit Sticks were one of the earliest clubs used by Native American Indians. They were a basic short stave or wooden club that had a straight pointed wooden shaft or curved wooden club, similar to the boomerang weapon.

 War Clubs: Hatchets A Hatchet is a small axe or club with a short handle that was used with one hand.


 War Clubs: Battle hammers A Battle Hammer has a blunt, hammer-like head on one side of the handle or shaft, and usually a beak or point on the opposite side of the club.

Battle hammer

 War Clubs: Wooden Club A club made of extremely hard wood used for close-quarter fighting, sometime referred to as a 'potato masher' club and developed by the Yuma tribe


 War Clubs: Axe-Like Club The Axe-like club was made of either stone or metal blades.


 War Clubs: Stone Ball Club The Stone Ball club was primitive but lethal. The Stone Ball consisted of a round-headed stone that was covered in heavy buckskin or rawhide and attached to a wooden handle. The head was relatively free-moving and used by the early Plains, Plateau and Southwest Native Indians.



Types of Native American War Clubs



War Clubs

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War Clubs - Pictures and Videos of Native Americans
War Clubs. Discover the interesting facts and information which relate to the History of Native Americans and the weapons they used such as the War Clubs. The pictures on this site show the weapons and tools that were used by various Native Indian tribes that can be used as a really useful educational history resource for kids and children of all ages. We have included pictures and videos to accompany the main topic of this section - War Clubs. The videos enable fast access to the images, paintings and pictures together with information and many historical facts. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Native Indian Tribes Index - a great educational resource for kids providing an unusual insight into their culture. We hope you enjoy watching the videos - just click and play - a great resource for gaining facts and information about the life of Native American Indians.


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