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Plate 24: Yahi Arrows
Plate 24: Yahi Arrows
Figures 1 to 3 are old Yahi arrows; 4 to 9, specimens made while Ishi was at the Museum.
Fig. 1.—Shaft of hazel, foreshaft of some heavier wood, possibly dogwood. There is a notch for a head, but this is missing. Buzzard wing feathers. Length, 29% inches, weight 320 grains. University of California Museum of Anthropology, number 1—19577.
Fig. 2.—The same type as above, feathers a trifle longer. Both are painted with alternate red and blue rings and intervening wavy lines. Museum number 1—19578.
Fig. 3.—The shaft is like the preceding, but the point is here preserved. It is a small serrated head of window glass. There is blood on the arrow. Museum number 1—19579.
Fig. 4.—A one—piece hazel shaft, feathered with turkey feathers, pointed with an obsidian head. Commercial pigments and shellac embellish this arrow. Number 1—19864.
Fig. 5.—This is the type of arrow Ishi adopted after living in civilization. It is made of a 5/16 birch dowel, gayly painted, feathered with blue heron feathers and is tipped with a steel head, sinew bound. Number 1—19863.
Fig. 6.—This is a dowel—turkey tail feathers, blue and red paint rings, obsidian head. An arrow made for show. Number 1—19866.
Fig. 7.—A longer type of service arrow of Japanese bamboo with short birch foreshaft and steel head. Used in early target practice and hunting. Number 1—19862.
Fig. 8.—A blunt—pointed arrow of native bamboo, buckeye foreshaft, gay colors, turkey tail feathers. Made for exhibition or gift. Number 1—19456.
Fig. 9.—Same as last, only it has an obsidian head. Length 38 inches, weight 580 grains. Number 1—19454. Similar shafts Ishi made and gave to Secretary Lane at a ceremonial occasion in San Francisco in 1914.