NATIVE AMERICAN Bow Maker 1990s
Andres Albañes, Kumeyaay-PaiPai Indian from Santa Catarina, Mexico in Baja California, takes the measure of a black willow bough he has just cut and trimmed (upper left) in a how to make authentic Indian bow photographs.
After stripping the bough of its willow bark, the limb is halved lengthwise with a machete, and sighted for proper shape and uniformity. (Lower right) Andres draws a knife towards himself in the old Indian manner and tapers the ends to finish the initial roughing-out stage. The back of the willow bow remains untouched in this style of Indian bow.
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