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Plate LXXIX
Navajo Quiver, Sinew-Lined Bow and Arrow, All of Northern Type

FIG. 1. QUIVER, mountain lion skin. Bow case made with hair side inward; arrow case, hair side outward. There is also between the two, where they are joined, a stiffener of wood, which belongs especially to the arrow case, showing that the bow case is an afterthought. For decoration the ends of the bow case are adorned with a fringe of lion skin, and from the top of the arrow case the tail of the lion depends. Length: bow case, 44 inches; arrow case, 28 inches.

Cat. No. 76684, U. S. N. M. Navajo Indians, Athapascan stock, Arizona. Collected by Dr. Washington Matthews, U. S. Army.

FIG. 2. Bow, made of mesquit wood, rounded on the back and oval in form, lined with sinew, which is strengthened by three bands of sinew. The grip is seized with a delicate wrapping of buckskin string. The ends of the horns of the bow are wrapped with sinew and there is no especial modification of the ends for receiving the string. The bowstring is of two-ply twine, sinew cord. Length, 3 feet 11 inches. The Tacullies or Carriers of British Columbia, the Hupa of northern California, and the Navajo of Arizona, all Athapscans, use the sinew-lined bow.

Cat. No. 76684, U. S. N. M. Navajo Indians, Athapascan stock, Arizona. Collected by Dr. Matthews.

Plate LXXIX
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