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F3 TV” *7”: C ‘ v» n Things to Know and Do 243 made of many twisted linen threads. At one end it is fast to the bow by a timber hitch, at the other by a hard loop. When strung the string should be about 5 inches from the w. Arrows should be 25 inches long, and % of an inch thick. They are made of pine or ash. The Eastern Indians made them usually of arrow-wood or Viburnum shoots. Each should have a conical steel ferrule for head and three ' feathers to make it fly true. The feathers are lashed on. Holding and Drawing It is very important to begin shooting in correct form and never change from that if you wish to become a good shot. Grasp the bow in the left hand. Put the arrow on the string with the right. Hook the first three fingers on the string one above, two below the arrow. The little finger and thumb do nothing. (f in upper cut, p. 242.) . Stand perfectly upright, left side toward the target, the heels 12 inches apart and in exact line from the target. Hold the bow upright and the arrow against the left side of it, resting on the hand. Draw the cord till the head of the arrow touches the bow and the top of your thumb rests on the corner of your mouth. You must sight along the arrow for direction, but guess for elevation. Hold it one second. Release the arrow by straightening your fingers and at the same time turn your hand back up, but keep the thumb tip at your mouth corner. Do not move the left hand a hair’s- breadth till the arrow has struck. Begin practising at very short range and slowly increase up to the standard, forty yards. Unstring the bow when not in use. Woodcraft Paints Paints for ornamenting robes are mixed with water. (Clark: “Sign Language”) Paints for the body are mixed with grease or tallow from some animal. Paints for lodges, totem poles, etc., were made durable by slowly melting or mixing into the grease enough rosin to make it sticky. This formed their paint oil. Red. Before the Indian had the white man’s vermilion he used a certain stifi yellow clay (brick clay) which, when burnt. -