Posted by Clabair on August 18, 1998 at 20:39:31:
In Reply to: Re: Question about bows and arrows posted by Jo on August 17, 1998 at 20:33:41:
: Sarah said:
: : : : I'm plowing through Cooper's book, enjoying it greatly. I noticed during the elk hunt that Cooper has Uncas shooting the elk with a bow and arrow.....
: Clabair said:
: : : But Mann may not have been wrong in not putting any bows and arrows in his movie. In some North Eastern tribes, they adopted the musket so fast that they gave up using the bow all together. They became so dependent on they white mans goods that when they couldn`t get powder or ball, for their muskets, they nearly starved.
: Sarah said:
: : Thanks for the info....
: : Interesting how Hollywood has indoctrinated us with the idea of the native savages who don't have the wherewithall to handle "modern" weaponry, and yet it appears that the Indians became masters of our weapons. That and our languages....
: To Sarah (and Clabair),
: Sarah, I'm glad you enjoy reading Cooper...; Clabair, thanks for the info! (also) but I thought, in reply to Sarah, about "mastering" weapons, I was under the impression that the "Indians" may have mastered the use of the musket but not the repair of the musket which would have kept it in the best order to shot it accurately, and was twice dependent on the "white" man to repair or supply more muskets...is this true, or am I mislead?
: As far a Hollywood goes..ANYTHING to sell a picture...eh?
They adopted the musket and mastered it`s use but you are right. They still had to bring it back to the whiteman to get it repaired. There are accounts of Frenchman that married into tribes, bringing their gunsmithing skills with them.
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