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hat’iliskw “maul”
Language: Nisga’a

Then Tsämsem struck the wedges with his stone hammer, and said to the Deer, “Come a little nearer to the wedges!”…So the Deer put his head quite close to the wedges; and while Tsämsem was striking them with his hammer, he sang out. “Wo wu, wo wu, wo wu!” After he had done so, he hit the Deer’s head, and the Deer fell down dead.

—From “Tsämsem Kills Deer,” told by Henry Tate in “Tsimshian Mythology,” 1916

Heavy stone hand hammers were used for pounding stakes, as when building a fish trap, or to drive in bone wedges to split logs into planks.

Culture: Tsimshian
Region: Nass River, British Columbia, Canada
Object Category: Tools
Dimensions: Width 14cm
Accession Date: 1916
Source: George T. Emmons (collector)
Museum: National Museum of the American Indian
Museum ID Number: 054421.000