The Amazon Rainforest is a colorful place where great warrior’s enigmas dwell. Many people know how wise, brave and wonderful aboriginal Indians are, since there are many jungle stories and legends about their magnificent habits for hunting and fighting. Their incredible ability for perfectly matching the ecosystem demands, while stating their courage among men, creates masters in the glorious art of survival.
When it comes to weapons, natives have developed their practices and techniques according to the many different purposes they have. Sometimes these primal tools are used for pushing, hitting and protecting from animals or enemies when fighting. Whether they are made for hunting or combat, there are two specific types: short-range and long-range. In most cases they are made of very sharp edges in diverse materials and wooden sticks whose length and width vary depending on their uses.
The most popular and ancient practice among Ecuadorian natives for long-range defense or attack is the use of the arc and the arrow, which consists of a set used to reach prey from highs or great distances. The arc is made of a circular piece of flexible material such as wood, with the two ends tightly attached by a spun rope. The arrow, created as a small scale spear, is placed in the center of the rope and pulled back which acts as a spring and shoots the arrow forward.
Other comparable and useful tools created for short and long-range are the lances and spears. The spears are made of a sheet or short tip, made of stone, and attached to the end of a long wooden handle or shaft and some variations even have a stone point. However, the shaft is simply sharpened at one end. Spears are often embellished with feathers and carefully decorated by using carvings and shapes. These decorations are considered status symbols, they have a special meaning for the warriors. The colors and marks often represent power and authority because through these feathers strength and supremacy is sent from nature.
There are two types of spears: thrusting and throwing Spears. The first are used for slashing an enemy; it may be held with just one or two hands and tends to have tougher designs than the ones for throwing. Throwing spears tend to be lighter, thinner and to have a more crafted ending. In both cases, spears are adorned with feathers but some natives also claim that besides the mystical explanation, these feathers provide balance and stability.
We are proud of our warrior culture and seize this opportunity to invite you to embark in one of our Amazon cruises to sail deeper into the exotic and wonderful domains of our indigenous tribes.