Tuesday, November 30, 2010


The bow carried, strung ready for use, in a sheath of tanned sealskin slung across the shoulders in such a way that it could easily be drawn out under the right arm. Nowadays they carry their rifles in similar sheaths. Attached to the sheath was a quiver, also of sealskin, in which they used to keep an assortment of arrows, some of each kind, according to the hunter's needs. All the Eskimos draw the bow like European archers-that is, by hooking the force and middle fingers round the bowstring, with the arrow clasped between the fingers, instead of pinching the butt of the arrow between the finger and thumb, like most indians.  

Murdoch, J.(Sep 1897). Eskimo bows and arrows. Popular Science, Vol. 51, No. 44

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