This article is to help you identify what your unknown tribal weapons are and where they are from. Due to the vast amount of tribal weapons this article does not include weapons made of steel and focuses on non-iron primitive weapons.
Some tribal weapons are common and worth very little but others are rare and can be very collectable. They range in value from less than $100 to $100,000 so working out what your tribal weapon is worth is worth the time and effort.
I specialize in tribal weapons from the Pacific and Australia but I have a network of people who know about weapons from other areas. If you have an unknown tribal weapon not made of steel please feel free to send me an image and I will let you know what it is and what it is worth. If I don’t recognize where your tribal weapon is from I will likely be able to point you in the right direction to continue your search.
General information about Tribal weapons
Different cultures around the world developed specialized weapons. Weapon design depended on the environment, technologies and war fare style. Weapons were often decorated to harness super-natural or ancestral powers. Sometime the decorative nature on shields was for psychological war fare and made to intimidate the enemy.
Many tribal weapons end up far from where they originated, in anywhere from Scottish castles to suburban rummage sales. Weapons are collectable in their own right but many are quite beautiful and are also art objects in their own right.
Left: Nias Warriors Indonesia with shields
Tribal Weapons Shields
Left: Aboriginal Broad Shield Eastern Australia
Sepik Shield Papua new Guinea
Ganda Shield Uganda