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bunched porcupine spear
alk utuwal
alg uduwal
keka thu'u

Detail of bunched porcupine spear, Kowanyama Land and Natural Resources Management Office, Sun Mar 16 1997 [PH]. Some spines are missing from this specimen. An Australian fifty cent piece, approximately 32 mm in diameter, allows for an estimation of size.

The bunched porcupine spear is called:
alk utuwal                in Oykangand
alg uduwal                in Olkola
keka thu'u (33.4K .wav)   in Pakanh
It is made with a row of around four to six echidna ("porcupine") spine barbs set back from the tip, fastened in place with wax.
e-mail: Philip Hamilton.