Blowguns

Blowguns or "uski hlumpa" were used by young men during the summer months to provide meat for the family. Small game such as squirrels, rabbits, and birds were hunted with extreme patience and precision. The blowgun,which ranged from 6ft to 9ft, is made of Rivercane which is hollowed out. It had a range of 20yds, but was usually shot as close to the prey as possible.

Blowgun Darts or "shomo holutti" were made out of sparpened peices of hardwood or yellow pine. Once fletched with thistle these projectiles can be very accurate and deadly. No written accounts of poison have been recorded, but some oral traditions say blowguns may have been tipped with poison in the past.

Blowgun

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Item's English Name:  Blowgun

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Material: River cane

Dimensions: Length 169.2cm, Proximal D 2.2cm, Distal D 2.1

Origin: 018871.000

Current Owner:  NMAI

Location: Smithsonian Cultural Resource Center

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Notes: Proximal end is spaced at a node, distal end is not. Tool marks from strait sharp edged object. One scorch mark is present where the node has been straitened. Branch indentation present at distal most node.

Blowgun Darts

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Item's English Name:  4 Blowgun Darts

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Material: Shaft is split hardwood (possibly hickory), fletching material is thistle, lacing material is fine thread.

Dimensions: Length 55.8cm-51.9cm, Fletching length 23.8cm-22.4cm, Average shaft D 0.4,

Origin: 242285.000

Current Owner:  NMAI

Location: Smithsonian Cultural Resource Center

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Notes: Shafts are made from scraped sections of split wood. Tips are fire-hardened. Show evidence of impact. Base of fletchings have been burned off flat. Knot in the base of the shaft to attach the fletching material.