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Re: [SCA-Archery] Digest Number 1345

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  • Terri Shurgin
    As to rare finds of bows, in NYC, the NYC Museum of Natural History has on display a repeting Chinese crosswbow with the 6 shafts that were used. There was
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      As to rare finds of bows, in NYC, the NYC Museum of Natural History has on
      display a repeting Chinese crosswbow with the 6 shafts that were used. There
      was also another bow there. They have no catalog, and they have no
      postcards or pictures. I tried to take a picture of this lovely thing (looks
      like a 2 by 4 with a hole through it), but they didn't come out. It was
      right next to Russian garb (mis-labeled as were the Book of Hours nearby).
      I should've brought my sketch book. So, those who live nearby, if you get
      pics can you post them? Thanks!


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      Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2003 11:40 AM
      Subject: [SCA-Archery] Digest Number 1345

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      > There are 3 messages in this issue.
      > Topics in this digest:
      > 1. Archery Story
      > From: "Kinjal of Moravia" <gusarimagic@...>
      > 2. Siberian archery tackle and other stuff too
      > From: "Marko Peussa" <marko.peussa@...>
      > 3. Calontir Archery Marshal group
      > From: "logantheboweyder" <bln2355@...>
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      > Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 20:02:11 -0000
      > From: "Kinjal of Moravia" <gusarimagic@...>
      > Subject: Archery Story
      > My regular persona is that of a Gusari, and Eastern Eurpean mix of
      > bard/magician/shaman/merchant. I have written many stories about a
      > ficticious counterpart in the 13th century. This is the first based
      > on archery. Enjoy.
      > FLU-FLU
      > Kiyan strode into the hamlet just past the sun's zenith and
      > instantly knew something was wrong. He stood awhile -- reaching out
      > with his spirit but found no answer. His two un-haltered horses
      > stood patiently behind him. He told them they could graze by the
      > steam, and they happily complied. He had no concern for their
      > safety. They were Mongolian ponies trained in the ancient Scythian
      > way -- gentle and close in camp, but fierce in battle. Several
      > years before, the Gusari had met with a tribal chieftain to arrange
      > a truce. A cadre of twenty spearman had been assigned to ignoblely
      > sneak up and capture him. His steed Turgey, without command,
      > charged the stealthy troupes. He weaved through the double line
      > while ancient sickles affixed to his hind legs cut them all to the
      > ground. Then he reared up and knocked the commander from his
      > horse. Claiming the mare as his prize he calmly returned to Kiyan's
      > side and screamed his battle cry.
      > The Gusari realized what was wrong. There was no music!
      > No, not the tunes of instruments or lilting voice, but the music of
      > the earth. Kiyan held an untold secret. For him, each tree sounded
      > a note, each grove a cord. Flowers tinkled like elfin chimes.
      > Empty houses sang a different song than a happy home. A small,
      > tumbling steam held laughter, a stagnant pond had none. The town,
      > which should have been bustling with noontime activity was silent.
      > There was only one thing that could subdue the music -- fear.
      > He found the elders gathered around a small fire by the
      > well. They did not jump up to greet him as they had at the last
      > passing. They were staring out at the forest. Soon a group of
      > hunters appeared, their faces long, there hands empty. No game
      > again today! All of the animals, great and small had vanished with
      > the drought. Though these simple folk grew some rye and barley for
      > porridge and bread, the land was poor. Even the few turnips never
      > achieved much size. Thus they depended on their snares and prowess
      > with a bow to survive. Now there was only despair. The marchlands
      > were quickly depleted of fish and the birds could hear their
      > spinning arrows and quickly flee -- a difficulty shot anyway. They
      > feared they might have to leave their ancestral home, with no idea
      > of where to go.
      > The Gusari returned to his horse and got what he needed.
      > Then he motioned for the young men and girls to come with him to the
      > marsh. Called also were the fletcher and smithy. On a firm finger
      > of ground reaching out into the shallow rippling waters, he lay out
      > his three Flu-Flu arrows. The feathers were unusual, four broad
      > strips instead of three, mounted in straight lines. The iron head
      > was forked in two prongs and only partially sharpened. These
      > unique shafts had but one purpose -- to bring down birds in flight.
      > A flock of pigeons wheeled close and Kiyan quickly launched the Flu-
      > Flus. They arched high above the birds in silent, non-spinning
      > flight, easily mistaken for another bird. Then they came dropping
      > down. Two knocked the prey from the sky, stunned rather than
      > impaled. Instantly the youth dashed out in understanding to
      > retrieve the arrows and fluttering catch. Again and again the dance
      > was performed. Soon the girls had plucked and cleaned a basket of
      > fowl. Some as small as a fist, others large -- ducks, geese and
      > heron. Once a flight of swans had come near and the children
      > pranced excitedly. But the archer stood still and said, "I protect
      > the Angels of the Wind." To the pile was added a great hawk that
      > had foolishly attacked a Flu-Flu. In quiet periods the two
      > craftsmen had examined the arrows and were already at work in their
      > huts.
      > When the day was done the proud parade of dripping boys and
      > blood stained girls sang as they walked. Any number of birds were
      > already roasting in the coals and on spits. There would be a
      > feast. But Kiyan explained that later they must learn to use their
      > prize sparingly, cut up to be added to gruel or stew. He taught
      > them how to build a smoke house to prepare for the distant winter.
      > Then he took some women into the woods and showed them buried tubers
      > that they did not know. With his blade he revealed the inner bark
      > of a special tree that could be dried and ground to enrich their
      > bread -- and more.
      > That evening he rested against a tree, listening to music's
      > blend. A small child brought him a gift. The plover had a golden
      > crust striped with honey. Inside were three small eggs, cooked in
      > their shells within the roasting bird, together with fragrant
      > herbs. A cup of mead, a chunk of bread and contentment.
      > On the morrow the Gusari moved on, singing a prayer that
      > with the spring the game would return. A whistle had brought his
      > horse friends to his side. He swung up to guide the path with his
      > knees. He pulled out his Gusli harp and joined the call of Mother
      > Earth.
      > Kinjal
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      > Message: 2
      > Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 22:57:52 +0300
      > From: "Marko Peussa" <marko.peussa@...>
      > Subject: Siberian archery tackle and other stuff too
      > Some time ago the siberian archery tackle was discussed on this list. We
      > went to the exhibition and took some photos. You can find them at:
      > http://www.kolumbus.fi/marko.peussa/aca.htm
      > The photos are not of the best quality but may still be of some interest.
      > Regards,
      > Klaus
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      > Message: 3
      > Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 02:40:47 -0000
      > From: "logantheboweyder" <bln2355@...>
      > Subject: Calontir Archery Marshal group
      > I'm looking for the Calontir Archery Marshal Yahoo Group, and am
      > having difficulty finding it. I was told at Lilies War that it was a
      > Yahoo Group, Calontam, but cannot find it, and the archery
      > marshallate pages either on the kingdom web page or on search engines
      > all give dead links. Can someone post a URL to it for me?
      > Thank you,
      > Logan the Boweyder
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