Tomahawk is a name commonly given to axes used by Aboriginal peoples. Soon after European contact, Aboriginal stone axes were replaced by trade tomahawks with metal heads made of iron or steel, and sometimes of brass, bronze or copper. While used as a woodworking tool, the tomahawk was also a weapon of war. The handles were decorated with carvings and sometimes with feathers, fur, beads and ribbons, and heads were often elaborate, often incorporating a pipe bowl. Many tomahawks saw no use in either the woods or war, but served only as symbols of status. Highly ornate and decorated pieces were presented to noted warriors by the French and British.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Gadacz, René R.. "Tomahawk". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 21 July 2016, Historica Canada. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/tomahawk. Accessed 24 April 2019.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Gadacz, R., Tomahawk (2016). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/tomahawk
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Gadacz, René R., "Tomahawk". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; last modified July 21, 2016. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/tomahawk
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- René R. Gadacz, The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Tomahawk", last modified July 21, 2016, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/tomahawk
|Article by||René R. Gadacz|
|Published Online||February 7, 2006|
|Last Edited||October 20, 2014|