H16.2631E

collected April 18-28, 1914
Cache Creek | Arabella, Lake Co.
Museum Purchase
H16.2631E

Early California Art and History, Science Special Gallery, December 2007 - September 2009

Bow, sinew back; quiver; 4 arrows. Bow with painted designs; fox skin quiver; arrows with wood points "Bows and arrows collected from the Pomo are nearly non-existant in museum collections. This is probably the only set from Cache Creek, and one of only a half dozen or so sets from the Pomo extant. Arrow with no point, fletched possibly with goose feathers, native red pigment under fletching and shaft possibly mock orange." (Craig Bates, 7/91)" (Craig Bates, 7/91) Note: Arrows not found at warehouse, (2 found, 2 missing?) possibly in the gallery. Not yet verified. (CM, 11/91) Bow and 4 arrows. 3 arrows stone points, 1 wood. From the History Information Station: "Object: Four arrows, two with wooden points, two with obsidian points--fletched with the feathers of the hawk. They were collected among the Pomo of Lakepoprt and Cache Creek, Lake County, and date to the late 19th or early 20th century. They were acquired in 1914 by C.P. Wilcomb, founding curator of the Oakland Public Museum. History: Hunters manufacture and use many types of arrows, each adapted to a specfic purpose. The arrows have two-part shafts. The arrow maker sharpens the hardwood foreshaft to a point for hunting small game, or attaches an obsidian point for hunting large game. The mainshaft is hollowed at one end to hold the foreshaft, first being wrapped with sinew to prevent splitting. The arrow maker notches the other end to receive the bowstring. Finally, he attaches trimmed hawk feathers using deer sinew. The feathers act as a rudder to keep the arrow on a straight course."
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