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please help improve this site. One of the risks of publishing a work such as this, derived from many, often conflicting sources (some of which are notoriously unreliable and anecdotal) on the world wide web is that some readers who are members of the cultures described or have professionally studied these cultures firsthand will instantly recognize ridiculous misstatements of alleged fact or outrageous interpretations. Given the general tendency of modern anthropologists to de-emphasize the existence and roles of these largely obsolete weapons, accurate information is often difficult to obtain. Therefore, if you are in a position to correct or clarify material contained herein, please e-mail your comments to me so corrections may be made for the benefit of future readers. Remember the adage: silence is consent. Thanks...

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