By Reginald Laubin
Not anyone is aware for yes 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 while Europeans first arrived. Over the hemisphere the gear ranged from very bad 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 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 lots of the renowned conceptions of Indian archery to be erroneous-as are lots of the preconceived notions approximately Indians—and during this ebook they try and right a few of these fake impressions and to provide a real photo of this old artwork as practiced via 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, medication bows, Indian crossbows, and blowguns. these wishing to benefit whatever concerning the use of archery take on by means of American Indians, whatever of the ingenuity linked to its manufacture and upkeep, and anything concerning the value of archery in daily Indian lifestyles will locate during this booklet a wealth of latest, necessary, and demanding details.
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It is possible that the English made an occasional bow of two billets joined at the handle, in which case the bow could easily be reflexed and would provide some insurance against string follow. But Page 20 it is the exceptional self bow (and even a joined wooden bow of this type is a self bow in my category) that does not have at least a slight string follow. Because of the tradition mentioned above, it is doubtful that English longbows were ever recurved. However, we now know that recurving the tips of a bow gives a decided improvement to the cast.
I wish to give special tribute to my old Indian ''relatives'' and friends, particularly to Chief One Bull, my Indian "father," Kills Pretty Enemy, Little Soldier, Philip Returns-from-Scout, Flying Cloud (Judge Frank Zahn), Mouse's Road, and Tahan. Tahan (Joseph K. Griffis), Kiowa, was one of the most interesting persons we have ever known. From his early life as a "primitive" Indian, later to become self-educated to the extent of reading in Latin and Greek, he lived a long and productive life of 105 winters.
Title. III. Series: Civilization of the American Indian series; 154. 7'378-58108 ISBN: 0-8061-1467-3 ISBN: 0-8061-2387-7 (paperback) The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc. Permission for reproduction of any part of this book in any form must be obtained from the authors, the artists, the photographer, and the University of Oklahoma Press. Copyright © 1980 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University.
American Indian Archery (Civilization of the American Indian Series) by Reginald Laubin