After the converted Lamanites received a remission of their sins, they chose to "stain [theirT swords no more with the blood of [theirT brethren."(Alma 24:12.)
As a group they took their swords and said, "We will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold we shall go to our God and shall be saved." (Alma 24:16.)One Church writer observed that this practice of burying weapons may have been passed along as a custom through many generations of Lamanites:
"It is entirely possible that this interesting incident could have served as the source of the `bury-the-hatchet' tradition among some of the tribes of American Indians when Columbus and other white men came to their lands," wrote Daniel H. Ludlow, in A Companion to Your Study of the Book of Mormon, p. 210.