By Reginald Laubin
Nobody understands for sure simply whilst the bow and arrow got here into use in the US, yet they have been in use from the a long way North to the end of South the US whilst Europeans first arrived. Over the hemisphere the gear ranged from very negative to first-class, 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 fantastic 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 came across many of the well known conceptions of Indian archery to be erroneous-as are many of the preconceived notions approximately Indians—and during this publication they try to right a few of these fake impressions and to offer a real photograph of this historical paintings as practiced through the unique Americans.Following an creation and historical past of Indian archery are chapters on comparability of bows, bow making and sinewed bows, horn bows, strings, arrows, quivers, taking pictures, drugs bows, Indian crossbows, and blowguns. these wishing to profit whatever concerning the use of archery take on by way of American Indians, whatever of the ingenuity linked to its manufacture and upkeep, and whatever in regards to the value of archery in daily Indian lifestyles will locate during this ebook a wealth of recent, precious, and critical details.
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He came to see me one day, telling me he had heard that I was interested in bows and arrows and wanting me to buy some of his. His price was twenty-five cents for a bow and one arrow. Now, while they were not excellent bows, the old man had spent a lot of time on them, and they were certainly worth more than that. I told him he ought to charge more for them. That afternoon some Indian boys were watching me shoot with my own tackle, of course, and wanted to try it. They did not do any better, or worse, than anyone else who had never tried it before.
It would seem to make the ears inactive. But an Indian usually had a reason for doing a thing, although sometimes that reason was ceremonial or aesthetic and not practical to a modern way of thinking. Someday perhaps I shall make a bow like that to learn how it really behaves. Another Seneca bow is ornamented with scallops all along one edge, while still another (see drawing) is scalloped on opposite limbs. The principle of the ears was known also to the Eskimos, to some Canadian tribes, and to the Northwest Coast, Plateau, California, and Desert tribes.
His best bow, the Yaqui, was of Osage orange, rated by many as the very best bow wood. Pope's tests have been pronounced by some to have been complete and thorough, but perhaps you can see why I do not consider them so. I do not feel that he even used average Indian bows, let alone the best. Nor did Pope ever mention the marvelous elasticity, even after laying idle for many years, of some of the bows he used. He drew a little forty-one-inch Apache bow twenty-two inches, a forty-inch Blackfoot bow twenty inches, a forty-four-inch Navajo bow twenty-six inches, a fifty-four-inch Yurok bow twenty-eight inches!
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