Crossbow - ROM2005_5391_1

ROM2005_5391_1

Crossbow

Maker: Pat Okamawimine, Northern Ojibwa
Medium:Black spruce, cord
Geography: Weagamow Lake, Ontario, Canada
Date: 1958
Dimensions:
33.3 × 23 cm
Object number: 959.50.82.C
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionCrossbow technology may have been introduced to the eastern subarctic region by Europeans. It has not been in use as a hunting tool for more than a century although a small version was used by boys in the early years of the 1900s. The crossbow was used to hunt small game, such as grouse, ptarmigan, and squirrels. In order to prevent damage to the pelts, small animals were shot with blunt headed arrows.
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