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People used to think Native American bows and arrows were inferior and Indian archers were not good shots. Of course, that was proven wrong. After all, when your skill with a bow and arrow means getting food for your family, or not, and defeating your enemies in battle, or not, logic tells us that proficiency with your weapon of choice is of paramount importance.

Crow Indian Wolf Moccasin demonstrates how deadly Indian archers were.

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Good article.

I have always been intrigued with the archery of the Native Americans both before the introduction of the horse ad after.
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I really need to get a copy of that book!  Thank you. 
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Thanks for posting that article.

Would anyone know the average draw weight of the bows used by native Americans?

Would I be right to assume that one would need a minimum of 65# to 70# to get a pass through on an American bison?

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Thanks
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Another great article Ira. 

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Interesting reading. Thank you.
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Thanks for posting this article. I am reading some books written by early American traders and trappers (1820-1865) time frame. The authors don’t tell to much about the Native Americans ability with their bows and arrows. You’re article besides being informative fills a gap in my readings.
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Dodger, the ones that I have replicated based on specimens in the Panhandle Plains Museum, the Bob Bullock Museum and so on drew around 50'ish pounds using the draw length measurements recorded by Laubin and such people. That is for plains style bows. The bows made by "foot Indians" in Texas that would the Caddo, etc. drew about the same. They were just considerably longer.

However, it's REALLY hard to quantify the draw weight of those old bows for many reasons.
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Thank you, fdp. 
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It would have been amazing to watch Wolf Mocassin in perform such a feat. The short bows built by native Americans are incredible. 
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