By Helmut Nickel
Describes the guns and instruments present in Africa from prehistoric via smooth occasions and discusses how they convey human development.
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Called the country many villages, Though the people forest are scattered different tribes. —Bantu— and is and the standing in small clearall belong to the same share a rather uniform culture — forest farm- Their weapons were natural for forest dwellers, axes. Especially decorated axes were insignia of rank for chieftains. The construction because the blades did not have an eye like of these axes of the shaft. Tribes that lived in more open was pecu- our axes (where the shaft can be inserted) but had a tang that was pushed through a knob 28 river Makongo.
To counterbalance the overlong blade, a long iron spearbutt shaft. In some cases blade and butt have so and only a few inches of wooden in the center The Masai sword is much is fitted added to the that they nearly meet hand grip. The sword's leaf- shaft are left as a a poor second to this splendid spear. shaped, double-edged blade guard and grown is wooden handle without into a simple a carried in a rawhide scabbard in a sling over the shoulder. Dis- is tinguished warriors often wear a special headdress of ostrich feathers framing the face.
They order that they might inflict wounds Shields, ver}' necessary against these missiles, tough basketwork in colorful patterns. Short machete-like regardless of were made of swords were weap- ons for parade as well as for combat. They, too, seem to have been modeled after throwing irons, because they often display bizarre shapes. Oversize blades of spear heads, knives, and throwing irons were, and in some places still are, traded as currency. i2ls. < ^ '^ PYGMY WITH BOW AND ARROW Beyond the narrow confines of the island-like village clearings in the end- less forest, on their roam the Pygmies.