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BOSSU 1768 “The young savages . . blow it so expertly as seldom to miss a mark fifteen or twenty yards off and that so violently as to kill squirrels and birds therewith. ” ROMANS 1775 “(The Cherokee children) at eight or ten years old, are very expert at killing small animals and birds with a sarbacan, or hollow cane, through which they blow a small dart, whose weakness obliges them to shoot at the eye of the larger sort of prey, which they seldom miss. ” TIMBERLAKE 1765. “This (the Yuchi blowgun) was almost exclusively used for bringing down small animals, squirrels and birds.

1 Once, my husband Richard and I spent a week in Comb Wash, one of our favorite canyons south of Blanding, Utah. The main purpose of the trip, aside from physical and mental revival, was to collect grey and red clay for pottery. On the first day we each carved a walking stick from carefully selected willows growing near our campsite. We peeled the bark off in a few places to effect a design, and carved our initials and the date on the bare wood. Then the tip was fire-hardened in the ashes of our campfire.

Steve Watts The Ultimate Weapon The Southeastern Indian Rivercane Blowgun In the summer of 1954 I stood wide-eyed in the cool shade of the big trees and watched an unnamed Cherokee man shoot a thistle fletched dart from a rivercane blowgun. It sped from the muzzle in a blur, and before I could blink or think or try to understand, it was there-stuck firmly in a softwood log target. To the Cherokee man, I was just another nameless seven-year-old boy. I was one of hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of seven-year-old boys who had witnessed his demonstration that summer on the Qualla Boundary in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

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