- Indigenous name
- pith enchatan
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Queensland > Cape York region > Aurukun
- Miss Ursula H. McConnel
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1950
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Miss Ursula H. McConnel
- Raw material
- wood (Hibiscus tiliaceus), bone, ochre, resin, plant fibre
- H: 2740 mm W: 45 mm L: D: Circum: 21 mm
Multi-pronged composite spear with bone barbs and ochred. Bears writing: Archer R. N. Qu. Wikmukan tribe. N. N. Pita Antyan. U. H. McConnel.
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'written on the body' curated by Judy Watson and Diana Young, March - August 2014. Four-pronged spear made c. 1930.
This is pith enchatan the latter phonetically [‘ænčatn], the term for four-pronged fighting spear. The word pith is a generic term in Wik-Mungkan for four-pronged spears. Enchatan specifies it is one used for fighting between men. I’m sure it was used with a woomera in fighting and hunting, other than when poking in the shallows for fish hiding under roots etc. In this case the wood is probably Hibiscus tiliaceus [P. Sutton, pers. comms., 29/01/2014].