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Offline Gimlis Ghost

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Inuit archery.
« on: November 29, 2021, 01:12:41 am »
A very short but interesting look at Inuit (Eskimo) bows with plenty of images both photos and drawings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiaRreXVyN8

Their long bows are very radical in shape while the short small game bows are, despite being composed of several carefully joined sections of antler, rather simple looking.

Have a gander and tell me your impressions.

A bit longer short film of more modern day Inuit bows and archery practice .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CFqptMUlPE

Offline gifford

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Re: Inuit archery.
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2021, 01:35:05 pm »
Thanks for posting the link. Quite interesting, another one I saw listed Tuktu 8 was about making the bow and the arrows, hunting scenes and an archery contest amongst the archers. Overall very entertaining and informative.

Offline Strelets

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Re: Inuit archery.
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2021, 02:28:52 pm »
Very interesting. I like their 3D targets! In his measurements of the draw-weight of native American bows, Saxton Pope found that the heaviest, at about 80 lb, were the Inuit bows. That explains why they used the Mediterranean loose (some with two fingers and some with three) and not a pinch grip.

Offline Gimlis Ghost

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Re: Inuit archery.
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2021, 07:49:21 pm »
In another video that dealt with a comparison of the European bows and a variety of North American bows they showed an old text with contemporary drawings that told of Inuit archers resisting a landing by English explorerers.
The Inuit were a tough breed. When they ran out of arrows they scavanged the English arrows, the Inuit wounded even pulling arrows out of their own bodies to fire back at the English.