Weapons and armor used on the Gilbert islands by the kiribati were unusual and effective. Their society was very warlike and every man was expected to be a fighter. Battles took place between the islands or even among kinsmen on the islands.
Weapons included 20-foot spears, hardwood clubs, daggers tipped with stingray spines, and swords made from wood lined by shark teeth.
For protection they wore armor constructed from woven coconut fibers which was lightweight by very durable. This armor was even effective in stopping early European musket balls.