IndianThe tomahawk was the war axe of various he North American Indians. The word comes from some form or other of the Algonquin word “otomahuk,” meaning to chop down. When warring tribes tired of hostilities, they would , with great ceremony, bury the war axes.

Thus, “to bury the hatchet.” Of course, when they got bored with peace, as they always did, they would with equal ceremony, dig up the hatchets and go at it again.

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