Native American Studies

American Indian Archery (Civilization of the American Indian by Reginald Laubin

By Reginald Laubin

Not anyone is aware for sure simply whilst the bow and arrow got here into use in the US, yet they have been in use from the some distance North to the top of South the US while Europeans first arrived. Over the hemisphere the gear ranged from very negative 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 stumbled on many 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 and right a few of these fake impressions and to provide a real photograph of this historic paintings as practiced via the unique Americans.Following an advent and heritage 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 benefit whatever in regards to the use of archery take on by means of American Indians, anything of the ingenuity linked to its manufacture and upkeep, and whatever in regards to the significance of archery in daily Indian existence will locate during this publication a wealth of latest, precious, and significant details.

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It has since been proven that the short bow, properly made, is far superior to the longbow in speed and trajectory; it will shoot farther and with a lower point of aim. So the Indian has one joke on the modern archers: for all their slighting remarks about Indian bows, the best bows we have today are more like Indian bows than the famous longbows of old. Although the bows of today are mostly longer than the Indian bows, they are shorter than longbows, flat, and have the recurves known to many Indian tribes which were formerly laughed at by the traditional English-style archers.

The real sportsmen do a great deal to ensure that we still have a game population. If the game animals were under no control, they could actually take over in some areas and in other areas could degenerate or starve because of inbreeding and overpopulation. For my part I do not need the meat, and hunter friends supply me with Page x skins, sinew, horns, antlers, or whatever animal products I may need. I prefer to see my animals alive. Elk, moose, black bear, coyotes, snowshoe rabbits, sage chickens, antelope, and even buffalo visit my wife and me in our own yard!

But it is possible that tribes in other areas used it too. 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.

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