Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Atlatl

The Atlatl
Daryl Hrdlicka | Make Vol. 12- 2007 | Pdf | 4 pgs | 2 mb
Before the bow and arrow there was the atlatl^, or
spear-thrower, an ancient weapon that could throw
a spear or dart with enough force to penetrate a
mammoth's hide. It was used in North America for
about 10.000 years, and used by native Australians
and Aleuts as recently as 50 years ago.

It's easy to make your own atlatl, and throwing
with it is fun and very satisfying. Here's how to make
one in the style of the Kuikuru (kwee-KOO-roo) of
the Amazon Basin, who still use the spear-thrower
today. I'll also explain how to make darts for it, and
how to throw. But never forget that the atlatl is a
weapon. It is dangerous. A dart will go through a side
of beef. So I'll go through some precautions as well.
^Most people say "at-LAT-I," or "AHT-laht-I" but pronuncia-
tions vary. Find one you like, get your friends to pronounce
it the same way, and you'll be right.

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