hímiin maqsmáqs’(Yellow Wolf's) k’aplác (war club) (Overview)

Cultural Narrative: 

Image 1: This photo provides an overview of the k’aplác (war club) and the variety of materials hímiin maqsmáqs’ (Yellow Wolf) used to create it, including wood, stone, wewúkye (elk) rawhide, qiláasx? (otter) fur, sinew, paint, and buckskin.

Image 2: In this photo, one can see closeup detail of the wewúkye (elk) rawhide and buckskin wrist strap. The painted wewúkye (elk) rawhide is wrapped around the entire handle of the k’aplác (war club). Then, a buckskin strap is wound over the wewúkye (elk) rawhide at the end of the k’aplác (war club) without the stone club head. The buckskin strap allowed hímiin maqsmáqs (Yellow Wolf) to wrap the k’aplác (war club) around his wrist and swing at his opponents in battle.

Image 3: This photo displays an overview of the k’aplác (war club) from the other side. It is made from wood, stone, wewúkye (elk) rawhide, qiláasx? (otter) fur, sinew, paint, and buckskin.

Image 4: This photo provides closeup detail of the qiláasx? (otter) fur surrounding the handle of the k’aplác (war club). The handle is first wrapped in the painted red wewúkye (elk) rawhide and then a layer of qiláasx? (otter) fur is wrapped over the wewúkye (elk) rawhide. Though some of the qiláasx? (otter) fur has worn away over time, one can see that several pieces of fur are still intact.

Image 5: This photo highlights the stone head of the k’aplác (war club). The stone is wrapped with wewúkye (elk) rawhide that is painted red using red trade paint or 'éet'is (red mineral paint). One can see the stitching using sinew or another type of rawhide to sew the wewúkye (elk) rawhide together.