This early form of whalebone club, a chitoolth, was not used in warfare but for the dispatching of caught animals such as deer and marine animals. The club would have been held with the ‘fish-tail’ behind the hand. They were first employed by hunters some four thousand years ago.
|Collection class||Arms and armour|
|Production town||Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island|
|Production county||British Columbia|
|Production continent||North America|
|Function detail||Collected on the 1776-80 Pacific voyage of Captain James Cook. An early example of whalebone club, used for dispatching caught animals such as deer and marine mammals.|