Reginald Laubin's American Indian Archery (Civilization of the American Indian PDF

By Reginald Laubin

ISBN-10: 0806123877

ISBN-13: 9780806123875

ISBN-10: 0806170190

ISBN-13: 9780806170190

Not anyone understands for yes 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 top of South the USA while Europeans first arrived. Over the hemisphere the apparatus ranged from very terrible 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 fantastic 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 discovered lots of the renowned 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 photo of this historic artwork as practiced by means of 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, taking pictures, medication bows, Indian crossbows, and blowguns. these wishing to profit anything concerning the use of archery take on through 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 booklet a wealth of latest, helpful, and demanding info.

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Captain John Smith reported that they could ''shoot levell" at forty yards and very near the mark. Such a bow was a good bow indeed, for only the stronger English bows would do as well. Master George Percy, who was also in Virginia in the early 1600s, remarked that a "savage" put an arrow a foot or better through a target (that is, a leather shield), but when he tried an arrow against a steel target the arrow was shattered. Another explorer stated that Indian bows were fashioned like English bows but without nocks; the string was run through a hole in one end and tied fast at the other.

As I recall the story, he had been playing solitaire at a table in the yard, so he picked up one of the cards and set it off about thirty yards. He braced his bow and handed it to the Indian with a couple of arrows. Quick as a flash he put both arrows through the card. Elmer was amazed and, hardly believing his eyes, asked him to do it again. And he did do it again. So Elmer was satisfied that this Indian could do all right at short range. But on a standard four-foot target at forty yards the Indian had arrows all over the outside edge.

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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