Apache Indian Scout


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Erwin Baer, Photographer Unknown ina0145pa.jpg IN-A-0145 Sepia 1500.0145.0001 ina0145pa Photo Card Print 5x7 Historic Photographs 1880s Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives

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Apache Indian Scout with a revolver and bow & arrows. 

The Apache Scouts were part of the United States Army Indian Scouts. Most of their service was during the Apache Wars, between 1849 and 1886, though the last scout retired in 1947. The Apache scouts were the eyes and ears of the United States military and sometimes the cultural translators for the various Apache bands and the Americans.

Apache bows are large and very durable, made with mulberry or cedar wood and wrapped in buffalo sinew, the tough fiber that connects muscle to bone. ... The shaft of the arrow is made out of wood. Early on, notched stone arrowheads were lashed onto the shaft with sinew, gut, or rawhide. The Apache people performed all their hunting chores with the bow and arrow. They would make extremely beautiful arrows out of bone. A skilled bow and arrow maker was held in high status beyond the Apaches. Fathers often taught their children how to use the bow and arrow in order to get them ready for manhood. Over time, Apache hunters learned that buzzard and turkey feathers make the best arrows as they are more resistant. They would use a special, flexible wood in order to prepare their bows.

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