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By Reginald Laubin

Nobody is familiar with for convinced simply while the bow and arrow got here into use in the USA, yet they have been in use from the a ways North to the end of South the United States while Europeans first arrived. Over the hemisphere the gear ranged from very terrible to very good, with the best bows of all being made within the Northwest of North the United States. a few of these bows rivaled the traditional vintage bow in great thing about layout and workmanship. The attitudes of whites towards Indian archers and their gear have ranged from the top of compliment with legendary feats rivaling these of William inform and Robin Hood-–o mockery and derision for the Indians' brief, "deformed" bows and small arrows. The Laubins have discovered many of the well known conceptions of Indian archery to be erroneous-as are lots of the preconceived notions approximately Indians—and during this e-book they try and right a few of these fake impressions and to offer a real photo of this historic paintings as practiced via the unique Americans.Following an creation and background of Indian archery are chapters on comparability of bows, bow making and sinewed bows, horn bows, strings, arrows, quivers, capturing, drugs bows, Indian crossbows, and blowguns. these wishing to benefit anything concerning the use of archery take on by way of American Indians, anything of the ingenuity linked to its manufacture and upkeep, and anything concerning the significance of archery in daily Indian lifestyles will locate during this publication a wealth of recent, necessary, and demanding details.

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He said the bow was of hickory, but where the Apache got hickory, unless from some part of a white man's wagon, would be a mystery. I remember as a boy hearing a story of an Indian hunter who shot an arrow completely through a buffalo cow and killed the calf on the other side of her. There are several authenticated incidents of hunters driving arrows completely through buffalo so that they stuck in the ground on the other side. My old friend Chief White Bull claimed to have accomplished such a feat on four separate occasions.

Jonathan Carver's Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America, written about his experiences with the Sioux from 1766 to 1768, contains an illustration of a double-curved bow, apparently made of horn, but it also must be an example of artistic liberty rather than a representation of a true Sioux bow, for it is identical to the bows found in early Grecian art. It looks anything but North American Indian. There is no doubt that the bows of the Woodland Indians were longer than those used in other parts of the country.

There is no doubt that the bows of the Woodland Indians were longer than those used in other parts of the country. Those in museums today are around five feet in length, some a bit longer, some a little shorter. The oldest and best known of these is the "Sudbury bow" in the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. It was taken from an Indian in 1660, and museum officials list the bow as Wampanoagthe people who greeted the Pilgrims. It is about sixty-seven inches long, made of hickory, and its cross section is identical to that of recently constructed wooden bows of the most scientific design arrived at by engineers striving to develop the most efficient pattern.

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