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Plate LXI
Plain Bows from the Southwest, and Sinew-lined, Narrow Type

FIG. 1. Bow, of hard wood, rudely whittled out of a pole, showing bark and knots on the back. Length, 4 feet 6 inches. Notice that bows equally rude are found at Tierra del Fuego.

Cat. No. 1976, U. S. N. M. Dieguenos Indians, San Diego, California. Collected by Dr. Edward Palmer.

FIG. 2. Bow, of mesquit wood. Rectangular in cross section, tapering from the grip; single curve. Bow string of two-ply sinew cord. Length, 3 feet 6 inches.

Cat. No. 126643, U. S. N. M. Tarahumara, Chihuahua, Mexico. Collected by Dr. Edward Palmer.

FIG. 3. Bow, of cotton wood, cut out of a rod leaving the back untrimmed; single curve. Bow string of sinew cord, two-ply. Length, 4 feet 6 inches.

Cat. No. 70021, U. S. N. M. Pima Indians, Arizona. Collected by Dr. Palmer.

It should be remarked that these plain bows with rounded and rectangular cross section represent the whole area southward to Cape Horn.

FIG. 4. SINEW-LINED BOW made of hard wood. Back lined with sinew and laid on with glue; reenforced by fifteen transverse bands of sinew. The grip wrapped with buckskin string. The bow string of sinew cord, two-ply. Length, 3 feet 8 inches.

Cat. No. 75156, U. S. N. M. Navajo Indians, New Mexico. Collected by Bureau of Ethnology.

Plate LXI
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