Tuesday, February 19, 2013

1961 documentary showing how Native Americans made sinew-backed hunting bows

This is an excellent video showing how Native Americans in California crafted sinew-backed hunting bows, using nothing more than primitive tools. At the time this was filmed, the tribesman shown was the last living descendent to have have learned this skill under the old masters. 

When I was growing up, I was fascinated with bows of all kinds. I made many of my own, some successful, some that weren't, including a couple that literally snapped in half on the first pull! This is a subject that I definitely want to write more about in the future.



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