A variation of the war spear thrown with the throwing-stick incorporated a spur tied to the spear at 1/2 of the overall length of the spear. The socket of the thrower engaged the spur instead of the butt of the spear, this allowed a much longer and more slender spear to be used. A bundle of plant fibers that look and act much like a badminton shuttlecock was tied a short distance behind the spur.
   The tip of the spear is made from long slender hard wood (black palm) with many barbs. This spear was designed to be thrown high over the opposing forces where it would drop down almost vertically, posing a deadly distraction from above. The strategy was to throw light-weight spears directly at individuals who were caught looking skyward to avoid the verticle cross-fire. Depending on the severity of the conflict, one or two spear induced casualties would satisfy the combatants desire for revenge. Severe conflicts culminated in a headlong assault with clubs and axes producing terrible wounds and death. All-out warfare was generally avoided to prevent tribal disruption and instability caused by great loss of life.
 1/3 scale model of a barbed war foreshaft made from a bamboo chopstick.  

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