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Jan 10th, 2011 at 7:11pm
 
Here is an Alutiiq bow from around Kodiak Island or Prince William Sound,  on the coast they made short bows with few materials like sinew and maybe caribou antlers and bits of driftwood.  However in the inland,  we Yup'ik eskimos learned from the Athabaskan indians of how to make birch wood bows,  much longer than coastal bows,  in fact we call Inuit on the coast and up north "real" eskimos,  because they hunt sea mammals more than us inland eskimos do,  we're more like the Athabaskans in some ways,  we learned how to hunt what they hunt,  but we weren't very friendly,  we fought with them a lot,  still today there are some villages with the Athabaskans on one side of the river,  and Yup'iks on the other,  we don't talk to each other much nor inter-marry.  They don't go down-river we rarely go up-river,  in the past we used to raid and fight them,  most of the time we'd win,  in my hometown there are a lot of people who look indian,  they are probably from the women we used to take from their villages long ago,  though we don't kill each other anymore,  we're not the closest of friends.  Although we share many things,  many of the people throughout Alaska are mostly Russian Orthodox,  or any other Orthodox christians.

http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=12
http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=412 yupik bow
http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=69 another yupik bow
http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=59 inupiaq bow
http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=719 i like this one
http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=707
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Reply #1 - Jan 10th, 2011 at 8:17pm
 
I read about "cable" bows in the Primitive Bowyer's series.  Amazing that folks all over the world adapted what materials they had available to serve their needs...
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Reply #2 - Jan 11th, 2011 at 6:32am
 
Those are really nice. I love the Eskimo cable backed bows, they are a really ingenious solution.
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Reply #3 - Jan 11th, 2011 at 6:43am
 
yeah they give much needed strength to a short bow,  my uncle makes bows out of birchwood he's very good,  he can make laminate bows or selfbows long and short.
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Reply #4 - Jan 11th, 2011 at 10:10am
 
this is a great method, especially if you don't have access to very good bow wood. here's link to an excellent tutorial on how to make them. i've done it before using plain hemp twine and willow (possibly the worst bow wood imaginable) and managed to make a very servicable weapon.

http://www.primitiveways.com/cordage_backed_bow.html
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Reply #5 - Jan 11th, 2011 at 12:05pm
 
  Wow, thanks for posting this, that is really amazing stuff.  The one there that has the quiver and arrows with it, do you know what the points are made of?  I couldn't tell if they were stone or bone, they are very small points from the looks of it, you would have to have a very small pointed pressure flaker to work stone that size.
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Reply #6 - Jan 11th, 2011 at 12:24pm
 
Ivory,  bone,  stone is the main points,  very little knappable sources are rare around these parts soo theyre quite small in most cases,  it would be contrary in other parts where there are better sources
ahh I found another cool bow,  looks like a canadian inuit bow or something rather http://www.cowanauctions.com/itemImages/aa0300.jpg
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Reply #7 - Jan 11th, 2011 at 12:32pm
 
pic of short bow and some detail of the points in this case they maybe barbed
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Reply #8 - Jan 11th, 2011 at 3:51pm
 
Jabames wrote on Jan 10th, 2011 at 7:11pm:
Here is an Alutiiq bow from around Kodiak Island or Prince William Sound,  on the coast they made short bows with few materials like sinew and maybe caribou antlers and bits of driftwood.  However in the inland,  we Yup'ik eskimos learned from the Athabaskan indians of how to make birch wood bows,  much longer than coastal bows,  in fact we call Inuit on the coast and up north "real" eskimos,  because they hunt sea mammals more than us inland eskimos do,  we're more like the Athabaskans in some ways,  we learned how to hunt what they hunt,  but we weren't very friendly,  we fought with them a lot,  still today there are some villages with the Athabaskans on one side of the river,  and Yup'iks on the other,  we don't talk to each other much nor inter-marry.  They don't go down-river we rarely go up-river,  in the past we used to raid and fight them,  most of the time we'd win,  in my hometown there are a lot of people who look indian,  they are probably from the women we used to take from their villages long ago,  though we don't kill each other anymore,  we're not the closest of friends.  Although we share many things,  many of the people throughout Alaska are mostly Russian Orthodox,  or any other Orthodox christians.

http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=12
http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=412 yupik bow
http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=69 another yupik bow
http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=59 inupiaq bow
http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=719 i like this one
http://alaska.si.edu/record.asp?id=707


It's interesting seeing similarities in bows from cultures that are completely different from each other. That 5th link shows a bow that looks surprisingly like a Hun style bow if I remember correctly. There's some massive siyahs on that thing.
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Reply #9 - Jan 11th, 2011 at 6:50pm
 
yeapp,  but the siyahs are arched a lil toward the archer a lil bt
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Reply #10 - Jan 12th, 2011 at 9:07am
 
My dad made my brother and me bows for christmas. he used osage orange, which works well, seeing as the osage indians used it for their bows. On my third shot, I was able to shoot a modern carbon fiber arrow 250 feet, and it was only at 2/3 draw. It has a total draw weight of 60 pounds, so I struggle to hold it for any period of time.  Sadly, my friend pulled it back too far on new years eve (he was testing the draw), and it snapped. My dad and I are building a new one.  Maybe I can post a pic.
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Reply #11 - Jan 12th, 2011 at 11:48am
 
This is really fascinating stuff, little.  Thanks for sharing.
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