- Museum number
Bow made of sinew, wood.
Height: 103 centimetres
Width: 4.50 centimetres
Depth: 9 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Freer label: "024. Klamath Indian" /// Ethnography Department Christy Collection registration Slip: "Composite bow, one side covered with sinew on which is painted a conventional lozenge design in black. Klamath Indian".
Cawley 1994 - Summer's journal at the Klamath Reservation June 26 - July 6 1876, p60
Seven men and some squaws formed a circle in front of my tent this morning, bringing two yew-wood bows and some arrows. I displayed the price I was willing to give -- a coat for each bow and some small articles for the arrows. My brown friends were quietly seated – Chief Allen David among them – and as the coats were of black cloth and good in their eyes, they laid their bows at my feet and I deposited the clothing at theirs. Then, seeing them regard the trade with so much evident pleasure, I thought: “Poor Indians! I will give a little more,” and I laid a vest on top of the pile. Then instantly came from all the circle that “How! How!” which I had never heard before, and had almost made up my mind was mythical or obsolete. It was like a flash of sudden animation running around the silent company.
The wood for these bows is of the sap-wood, and the back of the bow is of the side nearest the bark. It is very carefully scraped and is thinned so that no place shall be thicker or thinner than the rest, which would make it bend unevenly; and a bit of each end is made to turn back. Deer’s sinews is now split into fibers and these are glued to the bow till its outer side is a good deal convex. The fibers are bent around the tips of the bow, making its strength and elasticity very great. Deer and elk bone are boiled to make this glue and pitch put into it.
Very similar to Am1986,Q.117
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1900C3.192 (old CDMS no.)