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.

Object Summary

Museum Number E1222
Simple Name club
Full Name club
Common Name club
Production country Canada
Material whalebone
Collection class Arms and armour
Collection continent America
Collection area/region N
Production town Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island
Production county British Columbia
Production continent North America
Cultural group Nuu-chah-nulth
Function name weapon
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.