The history of the bow and arrow is a tale shrouded in the vagueness of the Stone Age, but the mystery is half its enticement.
For those folks out there who like to ponder the secrets of the past, the history of the bow and arrow is an intriguing story. All times prior to the development of writing can only be inferred and interpreted through the study of artifacts found around the world. The story of the bow and arrow is no exception.
The history of the bow and arrow, like more stories, is a story best told by a colorful storyteller. Fred Bear is an archery legend whose efforts to promote archery in the mid-20th century were monumental to preserving and promoting archery today. Who better to learn the history of the bow and arrow than from a legendary archer who dedicated his life to the sport?
Lean in close and listen as Fred Bear explains the history of the bow and arrow in this three part video series.
During his story, Fred points out some of the mysteries of the beginnings of the bow and arrow. Was it created in reaction to a bow drill fire set? Was it the other way around? Just thinking about the lives of those Stone Age people and the moment of this invention helps us better understand the lives of those people.
Also, we can possibly imagine how the bow evolved from a very basic tool, to a beautiful handcrafted extension of the hunter. From the time of a simple stick and string, to the complex cam designs of today, people have realized the potential of a bow and arrow to help them stay alive and have modified it to fit their needs and made it a more effective hunting tool.
The bow and arrow was used, and still finds use, in cultures around the world. When you really think about it, what is more of a human experience than hunting with a bow and arrow? Think about all the generations of people who used this simple yet effective tool to stay alive and forge a life.
When told by the legendary Fred Bear, this epic story becomes that much more interesting. The history of the bow and arrow is not only worth understanding, but it is universal. Fred Bear summed it up best when he said, “The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind.”
Keep that in mind the next time you take to the field.