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Bows and arrows, spears and atlatls, bone daggers and stone axes are still produced and actively used in New Guinea for hunting, warfare and for ceremony. While steel has replaced bone and stone in many implements, some remote areas of Papua (Irian Jaya) still rely on stone axes. Guns are relatively rare and expensive, so hunters and warriors make bows, arrows, spears and spear throwers using the skills developed by their ancestors.
Link to the following articles in our series on New Guinea Weapons:
Photograph copyright Donna Patania, 1998, all rights reserved.
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