The Blowgun of the Savages
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The Blowgun of the Savages

The Blowgun of the Savages




      

The Blowgun of the Savages


The Blowgun of the Savages

Powerful blowguns are used at the present time by some of the savage Indian tribes of South America and the Dyaks, an aboriginal race of Borneo.

The blowgun used by them is made of a reed, or the stem of a small palm, has a bore of 3/8 or 1/2 an inch in diameter, and is from 8 to 12 feet long. Instead of stones arrows are used in them, and these vary in length from 1 to 18 inches.

The arrows of the South American Indian are made from the spine of a palm and the sharp points are poisoned with curari and then notched to make them break off in the wound. A bit of soft down from the silk-cotton tree is wrapped round the shaft of each arrow to make it fit the tube air-tight. The Dyaks point the heads of their arrows with sharp fish teeth and poison them with upas juice, while the shaft is fitted with a piece of pith to make it fit the tube exactly.

Both races blow these arrows with great force and accuracy and can easily hit and kill a fellow at a distance of over 100 feet.

Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.

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