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The Origin and Authenticity of an Atlatl and an Atlatl Dart from Lassen County, California

TitleThe Origin and Authenticity of an Atlatl and an Atlatl Dart from Lassen County, California
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1941
AuthorsFENENGA, F., and R. F. HEIZER
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Volume7
Issue2
Pages134-141
PublisherSociety for American Archaeology
Place PublishedWashington DC
Type of Articlearticle
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number0002-7316
Abstract

J. Whittaker: Atlatl of willow, simple stick, slightly curved, with slight finger notches, groove and integral hook, 75 cm long. Cane dart, hardwood foreshaft broken off, 115 cm long, weighs 35.2 gm, v-shaped nock like arrow, 3 radial fletchings. Authors made and tested models, cast 150-250 feet.
Origin: Owned in 1910s-20s by “Charlie Paiute,” Maidu, who claimed to hunt with it. His daughter and others deny, as do ethnographic California groups in culture trait studies, although several archaeological specimens are known from the area. Could be conservative survival, fake or experiment by CP, who may have known about SW atlatls, or found a specimen and reinvented use. Authors favor last explanation.
[see also Heizer 1945, apparently it was diffusion from an archaeologist!]

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