We've been going through a ton of old National Geographics and in one issue there was a very short article (half a page) about some (American) Indian tribe that practices the sport of throwing arrows, if you can call it a sport. In the single photo that accompanied the article, the arrow appeared to be larger and heavier than a normal arrow, yet not quite approaching what a javelin would be. It had fletching and a steel head, which was also unlike any other arrowhead. It resembled a steel spike of around four to six inches long fixed to the head of the arrow. The participants made them all themselves.
Anyone ever heard of such a thing? I saw the article about a week ago and only now thought about posting something about it.
Okay, I found the article after leafing through about thirty issues. It was in the November 1993 issue in the "Geographica" section. It's all of three paragraphs long.
The sport, as it was described, only originated in the early 1900s. It's called Crow arrow throwing. The four-foot arrows are made of ash or chokecherry. The photo shows some sort of aid to throwing. The details are not clear but it says they can throw them about 40 yards. Apparently, the whole idea is to remember the days when they lived on the Great Plains. They now live on a reservation in southern Montana.
If I recall correctly, the Irish used throwing darts centuries ago, but they didn't use the atlatl handle---they just threw them.(I think.) They also had small steel heads and fletching and about 4-5 feet in length.
The throwing arrows referenced were tossed using a cord wrapped around the throwing hand. A notch is carved into the arrow and the arrow is tossed/thrown in a similar fashion to a sling bullet without the circular built up of speed.
I had seen his (Todd's) videos before and found them very interesting. I doubt the Crow Indian arrows for throwing had any historical connection to anything in Europe. Also, the steel head was unlike anything else I have ever seen, being essentially a spike about four or five inches long (the exposed part). It actually looks rather practical, though not something practical enough for hunting. The shaft doesn't appear to be as thick or (presumably) heavy as Todd's, either. The arrowhead seems to be secured with wire wrapping but it isn't clear.
treeslicer: Well, shoot! It was worth a try.
Apr 12, 2021 2:40:29 GMT
christain: I gottaneedtawannahave (my wife's talk, NOT mine) a nice set of plate gauntlets, but they don't give those things away. I finally got a pair of sabatons (foot armor) and had to send the company a blank check and a sample of DNA.
Apr 12, 2021 0:42:06 GMT
christain: treeslicer---I don't have a 'nihonto', unless you count a great-sword, dagger, and a shield. Oh....and three sets of armor...maille, darkened plate, and polished plate. Matter of fact, I'll be getting more armor real soon.
Apr 12, 2021 0:31:25 GMT
christain: Djinnja----What do you need to complete your armour? Ask me---I may just have it and be willing to sell.
Apr 12, 2021 0:23:45 GMT
treeslicer: It's not senility. Your nihonto are infested with fox spirits. Send me your swords, and I'll take care of it for you.
Apr 9, 2021 7:28:16 GMT
christain: Disappearing swords? This would be a game-changer for sure.
Apr 8, 2021 22:29:12 GMT
christain: I'm getting old and senile. I found two empty sword scabbards in my 'dressing room'. I say to myself---"Where the heck are they?" I looked under the bed. Nope. I looked in every room in the house. Nope. Went back to my room and there they were.
Apr 8, 2021 22:17:12 GMT
Brother Nathaniel: Markus, I would love to see your thoughts on "Custer's Revenge". Over.
Apr 8, 2021 17:23:34 GMT
bruntson: Beef and Bourbon, say no more. I'm heading over.
Apr 7, 2021 19:27:41 GMT
christain: Inject the bourbon with a meat syringe and get to smokin'. (The ham, that is. )....McM
Apr 6, 2021 20:03:13 GMT
christain: Or maybe a big ol' brisket on the smoker with my special bourbon/garlic/onion injection., Put about a half cup of your favorite bourbon in a jar, chop and smash the garlic,slice the onion. Lid the jar and refrigerate for a day or two.
Apr 6, 2021 19:50:29 GMT
christain: Sounds great. May do that for July 4th. I never met a ham I didn't like!
Apr 6, 2021 19:17:58 GMT
christain: Happy Easter to you and yours also, Brother Nat. I had the Easter Bunny hide an egg in your yard with the SBG logo on it. If you find it, it contains a gift certificate from KOA for $10,000. Happy hunting!
Apr 4, 2021 22:03:22 GMT
christain: Does it really matter? I'll be eating ham for a week, then use the bone to throw into a pot of beans. That, and a big skillet full of cornbread....happy man here.
Apr 4, 2021 21:57:16 GMT
christain: My wife has a huge ham cooked up, along with potato salad, baked beans, and yeast rolls...along with a strawberry cake and a buttermilk pie. Buttermilk pie may sound gross to some, but don't knock it 'till you try it.
Apr 4, 2021 20:10:39 GMT
christain: Happy Easter, everyone. I hope you are all safe with family and friends. Hope everyone has a good meal and maybe a few drinks. Great weather to be outside here in E.Texas, so an outdoor meal would be great.
Apr 4, 2021 20:05:59 GMT
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