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Cordage for Bowstrings

Spears and atlatls had been efficient weapons for thousands for years. The invention of the bow and arrow meant that a hunter could kill prey at a greater, safer distance. However, a bow had little launching power without a strong piece of cordage bowstring to propel the arrow.




The illustration above is a replica of a bow and sinew bowstring made by a person of the Bannock People.



Bowstrings were made from sinew and plant fiber cordage.