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Message started by PaleoLogic on Dec 14th, 2010 at 8:20pm

Title: Native American Slings
Post by PaleoLogic on Dec 14th, 2010 at 8:20pm
Hey does anyone know where I can find any info on Native American Slings, specifically if they were used by the Creek Indian tribes.

Title: Re: Native American Slings
Post by David Morningstar on Dec 15th, 2010 at 7:59am
Creek I dont have anything specific on. Almost all North American slings were a diamond shapedd buckskin pouch and seperate buckskin thongs sewn or tied on. Plant fibre cordage could also be used.

Title: Re: Native American Slings
Post by Dan on Dec 15th, 2010 at 9:01am
I would suggest making one yourself similar to what D.M. said. "Indian" carfts have a tendency (not always) to be made in china and not very useful for anything other than hanging on the wall. As opposed to making your own where you can make it very durable and long lasting.  

Title: Re: Native American Slings
Post by David Morningstar on Dec 15th, 2010 at 5:25pm

Search for 'sling' here, there are lots of examples.

http://anthro.amnh.org/anthropology/databases/common/public_access.cfm?database=north


Title: Re: Native American Slings
Post by Rockman on Dec 23rd, 2010 at 4:11pm
http://perso.wanadoo.es/hondero/museo.htm

Look here too. Click on "Indios Norteamérica"

Title: Re: Native American Slings
Post by bigkahuna on Dec 25th, 2010 at 9:35pm
The Cherokees were known to use slings. As the Creeks were living fairly close to Cherokee territory it would seem to make sense that they would overlap in their technology.

Title: Re: Native American Slings
Post by Bill Skinner on Dec 28th, 2010 at 8:38pm
When De Soto and De Luna were in the Flordia, Georgia, Alabama area in the 16th century, both chronicles mentioned that the NA were using slings.  A few other accounts briefly mention slings, they are early 17th century, probably the Carolinas or north Georgia.  They were used mostly by children or by youths and adults for hunting waterfowl.  I asked a Creek friend if there is a word for sling in Creek, he had to go see the elders.  There is, it translates as "throwing string".  He said it was pretty much a specialized weapon, for duck hunting, and pretty much died out when the Creeks started getting firearms.  Bill

Title: Re: Native American Slings
Post by Thearos on Jan 2nd, 2011 at 10:19am
The conquistadores in the Americas came from a country where slinging was traditional (Spain). Do they ever, in their writings, comment on the slinging they see in the New World ? ("Man those Aztecs can sling" or "They use woven pouches and not split pouches like our shepherds, and they have an interesting slinging style...")-- I suppose slinging might have been under the dignity of the hidalgos and men at arms who went out there...

Title: Re: Native American Slings
Post by Rockman on Jan 4th, 2011 at 9:22pm

Thearos wrote on Jan 2nd, 2011 at 10:19am:
The conquistadores in the Americas came from a country where slinging was traditional (Spain). Do they ever, in their writings, comment on the slinging they see in the New World ? ("Man those Aztecs can sling" or "They use woven pouches and not split pouches like our shepherds, and they have an interesting slinging style...")-- I suppose slinging might have been under the dignity of the hidalgos and men at arms who went out there...


There are some chronicles in which the Spaniards commented on the slings. If an arquebus or a crossbow, are easier to learn than slinging, then those are the weapons they would bring. I´m sure some of the forgotten soldiers from the conquest were slingers in their youth or for guarding livestock before going to the americas.

Title: Re: Native American Slings
Post by winkleried on Dec 31st, 2018 at 2:21am
Sorry for resurrecting another old thread. Most of the Five Civilized Tribes have their own museums here in Oklahoma. Try contacting these folks and see what they say.

http://creekculturalcenter.com/

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