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  • intwinaka posted in the group Afrikan Warrior Tradition

    3 weeks, 1 day ago · updated 3 weeks ago
    Photo: An Öka (Awka) elder and another man during a war demonstration. Photographed by Northcote Thomas, c. 1910-11. MAA Cambridge.

    Large body shields are commonly ọta, dialect depending; smaller lighter wicker shields èkpèkè. Shield: ọta; wicker/straw shield: èkpèkè, egbeje; gun shield: òkoro.

    The Ibo warrior also carried shields which were of two types. One was a heavy wooden shield. This was used for home defence when defending a town against attack. It was too heavy to be carried on raids or forays and was then replaced by a light wicker shield made from laths cut from the midrib of the oil palm (Elæis guineënsis) or of the Borassus palm (Borassus æthiopica). These wicker shields are found widely distributed.

    – M. D. W. Jeffreys (1956). “Ibo Warfare.”

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    • a sturdy shield. I’d like to have one or better yet, be taught how to make one.

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