Hunting

Spears and spear throwers, often called atlatls, have been used for thousands of years to hunt large animals including: deer, bison, seals and mastodons and were also used as a weapon by many societies. They were used on every continent except Antarctica, where there were no people. Many different atlatl styles existed on every continent. Speed and accuracy of throwing a spear with a spear thrower was increased over throwing a spear only with the hand. A hook on the end of the thrower engaged a shallow depression in the feather end of the spear for a secure fit. The spear and thrower were held in one hand and thrown with an overhand throw like throwing a baseball. This tool system was largely abandoned when the bow and arrow came into use.

There were many different styles of atlatls used in North America. Tools From The Earth can make many of these styles for your exhibit or hands-on program. Please contact us for details and price.

Atlatl, Eastern Style

Atlatl Eastern StyleA composite tool of a stone weight, antler hook and wooden shaft. The weight style is common to the eastern United States. This design is based on archaeological remains from the Midwestern and Southeastern United States.
$250.00

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Atlatl, Calusa Style

Atlatl Calusa StyleRemains of several atlatls of this style were found buried in the muck on the Key Marco site in Southern Florida. This style of atlatl is easy to use.
$85.00

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Cane Spear with Point

Cane Spear with PointThe shaft is of bamboo with a stone point on a fore shaft. Bamboo is a substitute for the cane shafts often used in the Southeastern United States in the past. Real cane is extremely difficult to find today as most cane has been eradicated to make room for farming.
$105.00

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Solid Wood Spear with Point

Just like our cane spear, only with a solid wood shaft instead of cane. Solid wood shafts were used in areas where cane was not available. Tree saplings were usually used for shafts.
$130.00
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Student Atlatl

Student AtlatlThe student atlatl is about the simplest style of atlatl. Modeled after one found in a rock shelter in Arkansas, which was about 3,000 years old. A rugged atlatl that can take abuse.

Use with our student spear for a popular hands on program of throwing spears with atlatls. Six sets are good for a group of 20-25 participants to keep things moving along. Tools From the Earth has used these with 3rd and 4th graders for years with great success.
$35.00 each

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Student Spear

Student SpearA shaft with wild turkey feathers, no fore shaft, and blunt end for safety and low maintenance.

Use with our student atlatl for a popular hands on program of throwing spears with atlatls. Six sets are good for a group of 20-25 participants to keep things moving along. Tools From the Earth has used these with 3rd and 4th graders for years with great success.
$30.00-$40.00 each

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