Tapuya Indian Warriors in Dutch Colonial Brazil
in The Atlatl (Vol. 23, Number 2)
Perhaps the most fascinating but, oddly enough, little noticed ethnographic detail on two large 17th-century paintings depicting Amazonian Indian warriors is the wooden spear-thrower or throwing-board, now often known by its Nahuatl name as atlatl. These tribesmen belong to the Tarairiu, a now-extinct group of about 1600 people historically ranging the mountainous hinterland of Rio Grande do Norte and surrounding area in northeastern Brazil.