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quarter-deck or raised platform at one end, on which the Spearman stands.

The battle is fought in rounds and by points.

To put your opponent back into the canoe with one foot counts you 5; two feet, 10. If he loses his spear you count 5 (excepting when he is put overboard).

If you put him down on one knee on the fighting deck, you count 5; two knees, 10. If you put him overboard it counts 25. One hundred points is a round.

A battle is for one or more rounds, as agreed on.

It is forbidden to hook or strike below the belt.

The umpire may dock for fouls.


Any number of canoes or boats may engage in this. A rubber cushion, a hot-water bag full of air, any rubber ..text continues