Spear - Samburu People, northern Kenya
Spear - Samburu People, northern Kenya
Spear - Samburu People, northern Kenya 1
Spear - Samburu People, northern Kenya 2

Spear - Samburu People, northern Kenya

No Samburu warrior worthy of his name would think of being caught without his spears. The Samburu warrior's long throwing spear is advanced in hunting animals as well as defending against bandits. Samburu spears break down into three components: The first is the spear head itself, attached to a thick wooden shaft. Second is the counter balancing butt spike also known as the shoe.

The Samburu tribe who inhabit Kenya's rugged northern frontier are a tall, lean people who eke out a living as semi-nomadic herders of sheep, goats, donkeys, camels and cattle. The warriors of the tribe known as "Lmurran" are particularly impressive, as they never cut their long braided hair and decorate their faces and torsos in beautifully intricate patterns using a cosmetic mixture made from animal fat and red ochre. Since their flocks and herds are constantly menaced by predators and subject to raids by lawless "Shiftas" (bandits) from Somalia, they seldom venture outside their "Kraals" (a kind of makeshift hut) without being thoroughly armed.

Length: 76" x Width: 2" - breaks down into 3 separate parts, so its longest piece is 36".

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