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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Northwest Coast Nootka ‘Nuu-Chah-Nulth’ Chiefs Whale Bone Sword Club"
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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Old worn smooth untouched patina of a rich colour
An old small chip to the end of the blade
Size: 51.5cm long, 7cm wide, 1.5cm deep - 20 ins long, 2¾ ins wide, ¾ ins deep
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Captain Cook collected over 230 documented objects on his third voyage and over half of these originate from the Nootka. Members of the voyage commented on the whalebone sword clubs they collected and compared them to the Maori patapatoos. The ship Resolution was anchored off the West Coast of Vancouver Island from March to the end of April 1778 to undertake urgent repairs, and so they were able to visit and study the settlements in the rainforest territory around Nootka Sound over a few weeks, and many objects were traded with the people who are today known as ‘Nuu-Chah-Nulth’.