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Indigenous People Hunting
Photograph of indigenous people hunting with blowguns in the Amazon River Basin. Indigenous people in the Amazon Basin traditionally hunt with bows and arrows or blowguns.  The blowguns of indigenous people are all basically manufactured in a similar manner.  A select piece of dried wood is used to form the main shaft as it must be straight and not warped.  The main shaft is split in two lengthwise and a channel is carved  lengthwise to form a hollow tube when the two pieces are put back together.  A wooden mouthpiece is used at one end to hold the two pieces together.  In addition, brea (a black tar) is often used to coat the entire length of the main shaft.  Indigenous people typically make darts out of sharpened fibers and use cotton or the natural fiber of the kapok tree to provide an airtight fit into the channel of the blowgun.  Indigenous people hunting often use curare poison on the dart tip.  Indigenous people hunting with blowguns are amazingly accurate, often successfully targeting prey from a distance of 40 meters.


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Photograph Copyright 2007-2008 Jacek Palkiewicz,  all rights reserved
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