[Northkeep] Art of blowgun making to be taught at CHC
ld.blackmoon at cox.net
Tue May 10 15:42:34 PDT 2011
holy chocolate cow , i really did learn more than i thought i did : )
except that i was told that they used many different types of hard wood for
the shafts, depending on where they were and what was available.
also , did you know that rivercane was also used to make arrows ? and
straightened the same way ?
the person that was making the darts last time , was also wrapping the
thistle fuzz around the shafts .
its a blast to watch, and do, and the things are downright addictive to play
with : )
Be Safe , Be Happy, Have Fun .
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From: "Susan O'Neal" <catmafia03 at gmail.com>
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Subject: [Northkeep] Art of blowgun making to be taught at CHC
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> Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 17:10:37 -0500
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> Art of blowgun making to be taught at CHC
> By STAFF REPORTS
> PARK HILL, Okla. - The Cherokee Heritage Center is enrolling students to
> learn the history and art of making river cane blowguns. The art of dart
> making will also be taught.
> The class will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 21 at the CHC. The
> cost is $40 per student. Class registration is required since attendance
> limited. Children must be at least 12 years of age and an adult must
> accompany children them up to age 17.
> Traditionally, Cherokee people used blowguns to hunt small game, according
> to the CHC. Although blowguns are still used for hunting, today they are
> primarily reserved for demonstration and competitions.
> Blowguns are made from river cane and are usually 6 feet to 10 feet long.
> ancient times a hot coal was dropped inside the cane shaft to burn out the
> joint membranes. Today, heated steel rods are used to open the shaft, and
> heating the cane over a fire and rolling it against a hard surface
> straightens crooked cane stalks.
> Blowgun darts are usually made from bois d'arc wood and thistle, which is
> attached to back of a dart to allow it to travel farther and straighter
> shot from the blowgun.
> For more information, call the CHC at 918-456-4680 or 1-888-999-6007 or
> email education at cherokeeheritage.org.
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