Friday, September 11, 2009
Aeta Negrito Bow and arrows
Aeta Negrito palm wood bow
Here is a quick post and some pics of a Aeta Negrito Palm wood bow still in use in the forest.
The bow is a flat bow made from black palm wood and the string is thick twisted bark from the water vine. the arrows shown here are made from young bamboo and the heads are steel. I was told these 3 arrow heads were used for everything from fishing to hunting deer or wild pig.
If you enlarge the picture of the Boy(Rafeal) showing the fletchings you can see that they are chicken feathers and bound in place with adhesive tape, plumbers sealer tape and thread of some type. This fletchin style is identical to the type used by the cherokee indians of th south eastern USA, I admire the clever use of available materials.
we were going to take more pics of this bow but had a difficult time with our cameras due to the rain and wet conditions. I hope you can get an idea of what it looks like.