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Native American Weapons Colin F. Taylor

Native American Weapons

Colin F. Taylor

Published April 10th 2001
ISBN : 9780806133461
Hardcover
128 pages
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Featuring 155 photographs and illustrations, Native American Weapons surveys weapons made and used by American Indians north of present-day Mexico from prehistoric times to the late nineteenth century, when European weapons were in common use.ColinMoreFeaturing 155 photographs and illustrations, Native American Weapons surveys weapons made and used by American Indians north of present-day Mexico from prehistoric times to the late nineteenth century, when European weapons were in common use.Colin F. Taylor skillfully describes the weapons and their roles in tribal culture, economy, and political systems. He categorizes the weapons according to their function -- from striking, cutting, and piercing weapons to those with defensive and even symbolic properties, and he documents the ingenuity of the people who crafted them.Taylor explains the history and use of weapons such as the atlatl, a lethal throwing stick whose basic design was enhanced by carving, painting, or other ornamentation. The atlatl surprised De Sotos expedition and contributed to the Spaniards defeat. Another highlight is Taylors description of the evolution of body armor, first fashioned to defend against arrows, then against bullets from early firearms.