New Zealand - A General History And Collection Of Voyages And Travels - Volume 14 - By Robert Kerr









































































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workmanship of their canoes, I have before observed, is very rude; and
their arms, with which they take the - Page 730
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The Workmanship Of Their Canoes, I Have Before Observed, Is Very Rude; And Their Arms, With Which They Take The Most Pains In Point Of Neatness, Come Far Short Of Some Others We Have Seen.

Their weapons are clubs, spears or darts, bows and arrows, and stones.

The clubs are of three or four kinds, and from three to five feet long. They seem to place most dependence on the darts, which are pointed with three bearded edges. In throwing them they make use of a becket, that is, a piece of stiff plaited cord about six inches long, with an eye in one end and a knot at the other. The eye is fixed on the fore-finger of the right hand, and the other end is hitched round the dart, where it is nearly on an equipoise. They hold the dart between the thumb and remaining fingers, which serve only to give it direction, the velocity being communicated by the becket and fore-finger. The former flies off from the dart the instant its velocity becomes greater than that of the hand. But it remains on the finger ready to be used again. With darts they kill both birds and fish, and are sure of hitting a mark, within the compass of the crown of a hat, at the distance of eight or ten yards; but, at double that distance, it is chance if they hit a mark the size of a man's body, though they will throw the weapon sixty or seventy yards.

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