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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Native American - Woodland
Weapons ➔ Axe

This axe has a carved wooden handle and an iron head. There is a criss-cross pattern around the handle. The pattern is tighter at the bottom and gets wider near the blade.

Axes were essential tools for Native Americans engaged in the Fur Trade.  They were used for opening beaver lodges, cutting through ice, chopping logs for deadfall traps, and many other hunting jobs.
Wood, Metal
17" h 6" w 1.5" d
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Museum Collection
Great Lakes Fur Traders (after 2015)
At the heart of the fur trade was the development of effective communication between two radically different cultures.  Both the Native Americans and the Europeans were changed by their contact with each other, yet they managed to create a mutually beneficial system which persisted for 250 years.

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Woodland Indian

Old Collection
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