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Achuar Indians Spear and Small Knife. Remote Pastaza River. Chonta Palm. Ecuador.

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One of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin, straddling the borders of Ecuador and Peru. Specifically, this spear / knife came from a remote village along the Pastaza River (a large tributary to the Marañón River) The Maronon River is joined by the Ucayal River . . . they both flow into the Amazon.

 

Chonta is a prickly, pinnately-leaved palm with hard / heavy black wood is used by the Achuar to make spears, war-clubs, bows, arrow-points, knives and other weapons.

 

Age unknown. Stand not included.

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