Minnesota, North America
Period of the Reserves, between the years 1920 and 1940
Wood, wrought iron and brass nail
H .: 21cm; W.: 50cm; Thickness 4.3cm
The tomahawk is like an ax. Its wrought iron blade is triangular in shape, adorned with a turtle in relief on one side and what would appear to be Kokopelli's profile incised on the other. The wooden handle is straight, embossed with a bear and a coiled snake. Two brass nails are placed on the proximal part.
The tomahawk can be considered a symbol of prestige with the fraternity of the Order of the Red Man.
Kokopelli is a character from Native American mythology symbolizing joy and fertility.
Bibliography: Exhibited on the occasion of the “Beyond Hollywood: Identidades Indigenas Norte-Americanas” Exhibition, June-December 2018 at the Museum of Ethnology in Valencia, Spain.
Text and photos © FCP CORIDON
TOMAHAWK Minnesota, North America Reserve Period, 1920s to 1940s