Image of two Korubos hunting for a tree sloth. Monkeys, tree sloths,
and birds are the primary prey of blowgun hunters in the Amazonian Rainforest.
Korubo blowguns are large, about three meters long, but still shorter than Matis
blowguns which normally measure four meters in length. Interestingly, the
beautiful quiver for the poison darts is not Korubo rather it is Matis, being a
gift from members of the Matis tribe. Similarly, the bow and arrows are
not Korubo, rather they are of typical Matis design and were a gift.
Blowguns (sometimes called blowpipes) are accurate at distances of up to 40 to
50 meters. Moreover, they are silent, allowing the hunter a second chance
to hit its prey if they miss the first shot. Some tribes use darts made
from palm-leaf midribs. The Korubo use wood splinters about 40 cm long
that are somewhat longer and thicker than the Matis use. In order for the
dart to fit in the tube snugly so that force of air will allow it to fly from
the tube, two piece of Kapok cotton are used. Normally, poison is used for
prey larger than small birds.