Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Bows in reenactment
The subject of using bows was something that when I was involved with reenacting the French and Indian war caused quite a few strong opinions. To sum up the arguments on both sides:
Pro the bow
Woodland Indians used bows - to not use them is historically wrong and misleading. There is plenty of precedent for the safe use of bows in reenacting in the Dark Ages and Middle Ages - why not the SYW? Rubber tipped and backward flighted arrows are standard and there doesn't seem any harm done.
Against the bow
It's dangerous and would result in problems.
I'd be interested in what people thought about this subject.