African's were known for crafting unique weaponry during the pre colonial era which were then used for various activities like war, grazing, traditional ceremonies and some even for prestige. Most notable weapons were the spears made using a long wooden sheath and a metallic head as well as the bow and arrows and shields often made from animal hide. Some communities are crafted swords.
They are stretched and hammered over (often elaborate) wood forms, dried and removed.
Shields remain one of the Maasai warrior's most important tools.
They were used in warfare and hunting as well as practice and training. Outside of the warring context, however, shields were used in rites of passage and also functioned as prestige objects and symbols of identification.
Maasai society is organized into distinct age and sex grades.