Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How to throw an atlatl

These are three photos of Tracker Denny, an 11-year-old boy with a talent for throwing an atlatl.

An atlatl is a weapon predating the bow and arrow, used by American Indians in this area. On Saturday, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute had an Archeology Celebration, giving visitors like Tracker and his family a chance to try using tools their ancestors used.

As archeologist/anthropologist Tom Bailor explained it to me, an atlatl works like those plastic extenders people use to throw tennis balls for dogs. But this throws spears. These three photos give a good impression of how it works — a key being the second photo with the point of release shown.

I didn't use these photos in the paper because the quality isn't the best, and, as always, there's limited space.

1 comment:

  1. Neat! I've always wondered how those worked. Great description and pictures!