arrow (hunting, fishing & trapping)

Arrow (Bedamuni: taadi). An arrow from a set comprising a bow and seven arrows (agi taadi). Sets like these are used by boys aged from 5 to 11 years to try to shoot birds, lizards, grasshoppers, and small marsupials. However, it is mainly regarded as training equipment without much practical effectiveness.

The arrow is made of a piece of sago palm leaf midrib (agi), slightly thicker at the tip, and set with the dorsal vertebra of a kind of python common in the area (sania).

This set was used by Sagai, and made by his father Kakanabia.

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