By Reginald Laubin
Nobody is familiar with for definite simply while the bow and arrow got here into use in the USA, yet they have been in use from the a long way North to the end of South the USA whilst Europeans first arrived. Over the hemisphere the apparatus ranged from very bad to very good, with the best bows of all being made within the Northwest of North the USA. 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 apparatus 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 chanced on 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 photograph of this old artwork as practiced via the unique Americans.Following an advent and historical past 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 means of American Indians, whatever of the ingenuity linked to its manufacture and upkeep, and whatever concerning the significance of archery in daily Indian existence will locate during this publication a wealth of latest, priceless, and critical info.
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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. They wanted to know if I would make them some bows and arrows, so I told them to go and see Louis Doghe already had some to sell.
Bourke had a friend killed by an Apache arrow in the chest, and the arrow had a wooden foreshaft but no other point. Mason quotes Maltebrun as saying that Apache arrows could pierce a man at three hundred paces! Even if some of these stories are somewhat exaggerated, the chances are that Apache bows were much stronger and more efficient than any that Pope tested. His Apache bow drew only twenty-eight pounds and shot a flight arrow Page 17 a mere 120 yards. 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.
The important thing was to feed the family and to protect it against enemies. Among Plains Indians the bow was largely a defensive weapon in war because the only honor a man could earn was for touching an enemy hand to hand. Even if he shot an enemy at a distance with an arrow or bullet, he still had to touch the body to claim his honor. So there was no real reason to shoot accurately at a great distance. The Indian is a practical person. He does things in certain ways because he gets results. Boys practiced shooting at butterflies, birds, rabbits, and other small game.