Dart Container

About this object


The donor was a Canadian diplomat in Brazil, in the 1980s. During this time he visited the Amazonian area of Brazil where the Yanomami live.

Physical description

Container with lid (part b), and darts/tools inside (parts c-j). Container is a hollow cylinder of wood with one closed end. Plaited plant fibre is looped around the container and tied, making a small carrying strap. The sides have been shaved lengthwise, and zigzag designs have been burned in. The lid is made from animal skin, with the hair on the interior. The tools are all made of wood. The largest tool (c) tapers in to a point at either end, and is quite flat. Smaller tools (d-j) are all composed of wood, and have a dark brown shiny substance on their pointed ends.