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Catalog Number 01.C.69
Object Name Arrow
Title Metal-Tipped Arrows
Artist Unknown
Collector George Turner
Description Seven metal-tipped arrows. Triangular arrow heads with holes in center and sharpened edges. Marked as originating with "Miami Indians."
Label These arrows were collected by George Turner during his travels among the Algonquian speaking nations in Ohio and Indiana. The fabrication of the arrows reflects the influence of Euro-Americans on traditional American Indian weaponry. The Miami commonly used bone for their arrowheads but metal became more abundant as European travelers bartered scrap sheet metal, nails, and iron frying pans for food or shelter from American Indian settlements. The arrows show that the method of attaching the arrowhead to the shaft was also adapted; instead of wrapping two pieces together, the maker wove sinew through a hole in the arrowhead.
Material Arrow: metal; Shaft: wood
Dimensions W-0.938 L-29.5 Cir-1.25 inches
Dimension Details Widest point
Credit line American Philosophical Society. Gift of George Turner, 1797.
Search Terms Native America