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Interviews with Cherokee and Lakota Bowmakers

In the videos below two bowyers talk about their bow making methods, one from the Cherokee perspective of making flatbows and the other from the Lakota perspective of making short horsebows.

Cherokee Bowmaker Richard Fields

Lakota Bowmaker Richard Giago


So I decided to add a 3rd video to this page, which shows a replica made by a bowyer of an Iroquois Shortbow from a museum, which ends up having some similarities to the Lakota horsebows. The bowyer is Donald Porta, who makes a variety of different bows and other items such as drums, war clubs, kayaks, various gardening projects and so forth.

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