image My friend Jane received this Tomahawk, a gift from a friend of hers, a Native American Indian who made it by hand.image

She accidentally dropped it and as the tip lodged into the floor she realized she how truly careful she needed to be.

The woodwork is truly amazing I’m sorry my pictures don’t do it justice.

The tomahawk is a symbol of war and peace.

A buried tomahawk meant peace.

If the Chief decided the his warriors were to engage in war he would raise a red tomahawk at the war council meeting.

If a previously buried tomahawk was dug up this was a sign of war.

To bury the hatchet was a sign of resolving a dispute.

Ceremonial tomahawks were decorated with the best feathers and paint. A smoking bowl sometimes incorporated into the ceremonial tomahawk.  The pipe of peace and a weapon of war.

Tomahawks used in war as weapons may have been decorated with eagle feathers earned for acts of bravery or medicine bags for protection and victory in battle.

Making a tomahawk is a time consuming task. Learning to use a tomahawk is just daunting.

This weapon takes strength and skill to use effectively.

The tomahawk was a weapon to be thrown or swung like a sword or axe.  An unwieldy weapon, a sharpe knife was more likely the weapon of choice for scalping.

This gift was given to Jane as a ceremonial symbol of peace and friendship.   The detail and work put into the making of this Tomahawk makes it that much more special.