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Additional Notes on Arrow Release
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FELIX SPEISER in his "Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" represents the arrow release of the natives of Santa Cruz, an island between the Solomon Islands and the New Hebrides. Figures of two men are given in the act of drawing the bow, the attitude of the fingers on the string is given in the clearest manner and represents the tertiary release. The middle finger is slightly overlapping the forefinger.

From a photograph in the Ethnological Museum at Berlin I copied the arrow release of the Kaders of India. The Kaders are a primitive tribe living among the Ammali Hills, north of Tiruwanduram on the western side of India. It resembles somewhat the release of the Bakuba and Basonge people of Africa brought back by LIEUT. WISSMANN. The four fingers are over the string, the forefinger slightly flexed and pressing the arrow against the bow, the thumb inactive. It must be classed with the tertiary release.' (Fig. 16.) The Kaders used a heavy bow, the arrows are iron-pointed and four-barbed.

PROF. F. W. WILLIAMS, of Yale, when he was in Rangoon, Burma, sent me a postal card on which was depicted an archer shooting a bow, the forefinger was extended along the arrow while the other three fingers were flexed over the string. It may be regarded as a slight modification of the tertiary release. MR. WILLIAMS writes: "Here is an arrow release that appears to be the real thing, but I have yet to see one of the natives shoot. The picture is lettered "A Burmese Villager."

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