Trapline Lodges



Traditional Weapons:
Bow: Osage orange wood was the prized bow wood of the Plains Indians for its strength when drawn and ability to resist breakage from stress. The osage tree is indigenous to the mid south plains region and was a valuable trade item for the tribes to the north. There is a short bow at just 4 feet in length typical of those used on horse back for the running of buffalo. They needed to be short for maneuverability during the chase of warfare. They are handmade in my shop, with a sinew string and rawhide handle.

Arrows: Arrows are made from Osier Dogwood shoots tipped with either stone, bone or steel trade points. The shafts are grooved in the straightening process and fletches are made from turkey feathers. Points and fletches hafted with deer sinew and hide glue.

Lance: There are lances used in war and there are lances used for hunting bison. The "Buffalo Lance" was not decorated, it was simply a spear with a heavy shaft. It was hurled into the fast running animal from horseback, would go in deep, and be retrieved by the hunter who stayed close to the speared animal who would retract the spear on the run to use on another bison. War lances were highly decorated. The warrior hoped to impart a spiritual blessing to the weapon to help serve and protect him in the face of his enemy. Fur, feathers, beadwork, and brass tacks decorate the war lance.
Fourteen or twenty inch iron blades can be hefted to wooden shafts for lances.

Shields: Shields are cut from the thicker areas of the buffalo hide. They are rawhide discs carried in battle to deflect arrows and blows from club wielding enemy warriors. They can be left plain or decorated with fur, feathers or paint.

Slungshot (1): The slungshot is a primitive club with the stone enclosed entirely in rawhide and was used in warfare at close quarters. They were made from the tail of a buffalo with tail hair left on. I get a few of these tails a year so check on availability.

Fixed Stone Club (2): Like the slungshot it was used in hand to hand combat but differs in that the stone is elongated and hafted to the handle with a strap of rawhide covered wood handle. Double Pointed Fixed Stone Club (3: This club is either ground or pecked on either end to cause a more devastating effect on impact.

Trade Axes:
This collection of axes represents some of the best historical replications of the old tomahawks and axes available during the early fur trade. Missouri River hawk (1), Throwing hawk (2).

Pipe Axes:
Sometimes called calumets they were used in ceremonies and the making of treaties. They are a nice display item and functional as well. brass heart (3), weeping heart (4), little hawk (5), Bozeman Trail pipe (6).

Traditional Weapons:

Bow with string....$235.00

Leather bow bag brain tanned....$60.00

Leather bow bag commercial leather....$30.00

Arrows....$15.00 ea.

Quiver brain tanned....$80.00

War lance....$160.00

Buffalo lance....$120.00

War lance head....$20.00

Buffalo lance head....$25.00

Blank buffalo hide shield....$120.00

Decorated buffalo hide shield, paint, feathers, blanket strip, etc....$225.00

Slungshot (1)....$120.00

Buffalo tail slungshot....$150.00

Fixed stone club (2)....$95.00

Double pointed fixed stone club (3)....$150.00

Trade Axes:

Missouri River Hawk (4)....$35.00

Throwing hawk (5)....$25.00

Pipe Axes:

Brass heart pipe axe (6)....$45.00

Weeping heart pipe axe (7)....$25.00

Little hawk pipe axe (8)....$25.00

Bozeman trail pipe axe (9)....$45.00

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