A Fiji Islands club, bowai, Republic of Fiji Islands
length 39 1/2in
The label attached to this club reads: "My father, Nathaniel Andrew Narbone (born at Salem, Mass, Aug. 22, 1827, died at Wilmington, Cal. Aug. 19, 1881.) sailed from Salem, Mass. July 22, 1844 on Bark. Zotoff for Fiji Islands here he spent several years returning to Salem June 23, 1848 on same ship. At this time (1844-48) cannibalism was practiced to the fullest extent by the native of Fiji. (over) This war club belonged to a Fiji chief named Verani, who was converted to Christianity and gave up his murderous ways in 1845. My father obtained this club from him at this time. After conversion Verani took the name Elijah and is said to have become quite a missionary himself although in his heathen days he had the reputation of being a very treacherous cannibal." (signed and dated 1918).