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Cocopah aboriginal artist Nick Wilson CUCAPA handcrafted these unique museum grade mesquite primitive war clubs around 2004 for sale across the US-Mexico Border.

Nick Wilson, a virtual authority on how to make ancient Indian artifacts, cuts his own mesquite wood and collects uses the traditional red paint or red dye, cochineal (Dactylopius coccus), of the Yuman tribes in creating his authentic Native California ethnographic tribal arts and crafts.

The cochineal dye is derived from bugs insects that naturally create a rich maroon scarlet pigment and stores it in its body fluids and tissues that the Indigenous tribal people harvest.

The Native tribes have collected and used the red dye material for thousands of years for social status, including body painting and face painting, tribal tattoos, tribal logos and designs to mark their bodies, clothing, territory and weaponry with tribal symbols, as pictured above.

The large Cocopah tribal war club in the middle is 16-inches tall and weighs over 5 pounds...the webmaster can't help but wonder what it must have been like to have a group of angry Natives coming after him with these primitive weapons (and he hopes to never find out!).

Nick handmade the twine cord he used on the Indian war clubs by extracting agave fiber from dried agave plants and hand-rolling the fibers together to make the string, the same way his ancestors have made Indian rope for thousands of years.

Nick Wilson's authentic Cocopah war clubs may be purchased through Shumup Ko Hup California Indian store and gift shop located in Old Town, San Diego.

MORE Kumeyaay Indian information about PRIMITIVE CALIFORNIA WEAPONS:

features extensive field and museum research, professional pictures and captions as published in SURVIVAL SKILLS OF NATIVE CALIFORNIA, by Paul D. Campbell. Paul's book features living Native American California aboriginal people of the greater Southern California and northern Mexico areas, and provides details about their traditional hunting, weapons and aboriginal California Indian survival methods.

More Kumeyaay, Mohave, Cocopah, Yokut Indians info about TRIBAL DESIGNS BODY PAINT:

-- The pictures and writing in this section are parts of Paul Campbell's newest book (unreleased), EARTH PIGMENTS AND PAINT: MEANING AND TECHNOLOGY.

REVIEW THIS BOOK (With Buy Now Info Link to Amazon.com)

Paul's greatly-researched book will include all facets of Native California pigments and paint, including physical, social, spiritual — in full detail — and will document how the North American Indians turned yellow pigment red, and about how to make blue from white gypsum and black charcoal, and it will give many other recipes for Native American paint receipts. The book will also explore the origin of CAVE ART in California, and the latest atomic accelerator testing of the ancient pigments used by the California Indians.

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