Poisonous arrows from Africa turned over to North Vancouver RCMP

Man no longer wanted them. Mounties reached out to UBC's anthropology department.

Two poisonous arrows from a tribe in Kenya were turned over to the North Vancouver RCMP.

Two poisonous arrows from a tribe in Kenya were turned over to the North Vancouver RCMP.

Two poisonous arrows from a tribe in Kenya have been turned over to the North Vancouver RCMP.

A resident, who considered them to be weapons, no longer wanted them and wanted them destroyed, Mounties said in a news release Tuesday.

The man received the two antique arrows, from a Maasi tribe and about 70 centimetres long, from his late father who had brought them home from Africa in the 1940s.

“It is unknown how or why the arrows … were acquired,” the release said.

Instead of destroying them, police reached out to the anthropology department at UBC. Staff there “gladly agreed” to look after them.

“I’m sure there is an intriguing story behind these two arrows,” said Cpl. Richard De Jong. “It’s encouraging to see the owner doing the right thing, by turning them over to the police and to see the arrows end up on display in a museum.”

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