Big Horn Sheep Bow demonstration Nov. 4 & 5
Talk about Native American bows by Wyoming artist Tom Lucas
October 23, 2014
The Sublette County Library invites everyone to one of two demonstrations of the lost Native American art of making the ancient bighorn sheep bow. There will be a talk on Tuesday, November 4th at 6:30 pm at the Pinedale Library and another presentation on Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30PM at the Big Piney Library.
Tom Lucas is an authority on bighorn sheep bows, considered to be the most powerful weapon before the gun. The bows, made of flattened bighorn sheep ram horn, were highly prized by native peoples including the Crow, Sheep Eater and the Mountain Shoshone Indians. The horns are softened to allow them to be bent in the reverse the curve of the horn.. The finished bow was strong and extremely powerful. One of the rare ones found still in existence is on exhibit at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, and is a prized artifact.
Lucasís interest and passion of ancestral tool making has led him to be documented on PBS in such films as Sheep-Eaters: Life in the Mountains and Archers of the Yellowstone. Tom has mastered replicating Indian artifacts including bighorn sheep bows, war-bonnets, beaded clothing and shoes, horn scoops, knives and arrowheads. He is also an accomplished oil painting artist of over 40 years. His lifestyle as a cowboy, mountain man, hunter, trapper and outdoorsman serves as the ultimate foundation for his art. He currently resides in Dubois, Wyoming.
For more information visit the libraryís website: www.sublettecountylibrary.org or call 307-367-4114.