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Samoan Material Culture

Bow and Arrow

Bow and Arrow

The bow and arrow method is used for shooting at fish which swim near the surface. The arrows have two or three points of hard wood which are lashed to a shaft of cane (u). The bow is not used merely as a pastime but as a serious method by adult men. In Fitiuta, a bow and some arrows were seen hanging up in a house, so the sport still lingers in this remote village. The bow and arrows are similar to those used in shooting at pigeons and will be described on page 530. Arrows pointed with umbrella ribs brought to a sharp point are used by boys who shoot down on the fish from cliffs or a canoe.