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July/August 2016 Featured Article

How To Make
Native American
Style Arrows


by Hank Buchmeyer

There are many different styles of Native-American arrows. Arrow styles varied dur to tribal, regional, and personal differences, but probably the most significant influence on arrow style was the materials that were available. Arrow shafts may have been of strong straight shoots, cane or rounded splits from straight-grained logs. It just depended on what nature had to offer. Sometimes the only point on an arrow was one made by whittling the end sharp. Points were sometimes made of flint, chert, obsidian or other knappable stone. Raw copper nuggests were pounded into points in some areas. After European contact, metal points became available. Arrow fletchings were made out of whatever feathers ould be found but the favorites were hawk, eagle, goose and wild turkey. Some tribes used owl feathers while other tribles considered owls as bad medicine and would not have anything to do with them.

To read the rest of this article, order the July/August 2016 issue online

Hank Buchmeyer is the author of the internet blog site SensibleSurvival.org Hank's blog has over 250 articles with illustrations about wilderness survival, primitive and modern weapons, prepping, gardening and a host of many other survival subjects.