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  • California Bow and Arrows (Digital Download)


    Learn to make the Northern California Paddle style bow of the Northern California Indians in this video.  This is the downloadable version.

  • Northern California Paddle Bow and Arrow DVD


    Requiring over 3 1/2 years to film and produce, this is the most in-depth DVD ever made on constructing the exquisitely crafted sinew-backed bows and arrows used by the Hupa, Yurok, Karok, Maidu and surrounding tribes of Northern California.  In this DVD author and primitive archer Billy Berger teams up Steve Allely, the world’s foremost authority on the archery gear of Northern California.  They first give you a rare and privileged look at some very old original California paddle bows and arrows held in a private collection. Then they collect the very same materials the Natives used and show you, step-by-step, how to make these weapons based on the original artifacts.  Every detail of construction is covered, from shaping the stave, sinewing the bow, making the unique nocks, and finally making the sinew string and painting the bow.  Then they collect the same natural shoots the Natives used and they show how to make arrows identical to the original artifacts.  This DVD is packed with information from start to finish. The completed weapon will be worthy of display in a museum, but will also prove just as deadly on big game.  There’s no bowmaking DVD like it anywhere!

    Length: 67 minutes.

  • Northern Paiute Bow and Arrows video

    Northern Paiute Bow and Arrows DVD (NEW!)


    This page is for ordering the physical DVD.  Streaming also available!    Click here to order the streaming version.

    Primitive Pathways proudly announces its latest video release: Making the Northern Paiute Bow and Arrows! This project took 5 1/2 years to film, edit and complete and is the most labor-intensive instructional video we’ve produced so far. In it, you’ll learn every step in constructing the elusive archery gear of the Northern Paiute. Billy Berger and Steve Allely once again join forces and combine their skills of researching, replication, and professional production to create this 2-hour adventure that you’ll watch again and again.

    You’ll get to see very rare authentic Paiute archery artifacts in both private collections and the Univ. of Oregon Museum of Anthropology. Then Billy and Steve collect the very same materials the Paiutes used for their bows and arrows and they show you each step in contructing the entire set-up from start to finish. All aspects of construction are covered: Cutting the wood, shaping the bow, sinew backing, tillering, twisting a sinew bowstring, collecting the reed for arrows, straightening the reed, painting, fletching, making and mounting the stone point, and shooting the bow. Sprinkled throughout the video are the “seasonings” that make an instructional video something much more than the sum of its parts. We interview a living Northern Paiute elder for his insights on the bow and arrows of his people and how they hunted. And we visit numerous significant archaeological sites of the Northern Paiute.

    Most videos would end there. But that’s where this video is just getting started. With the completed weapons, Billy and Steve then embark on the epic challenge of using these prehistoric weapons in real hunts. Experience the thrill of chasing squirrels in the woodlands and rabbits in the desert as though you’re right there, with amazing over-the-shoulder viewpoints of arrows in flight as Billy and Steve  attempt to put meat in the pot. The action is non-stop as they pursue numerous small game. You’ll see just how effective replica Paiute weapons really are in the hands of experienced primitive bowhunters.

    This 2 hour, 2-disc set is an unforgettable adventure of mystery, enlightenment, and exploration. Follow the footsteps of the Northern Paiute deep into the past as we examine their artifacts, resurrect their ancient way of life and reconstruct their long forgotten weapons.  We’ll clear away the fog of a long-ago time and bring these weapons into their rightful place in the modern world. The first 75 DVD orders will receive signed copies autographed by both Steve and Billy.

  • Northern Paiute Bow and Arrows video

    Northern Paiute Bow and Arrows Video (Digital Download)


    Order the digital download of the Northern Paiute Bow and Arrows (5.8 GB file size).

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    Primitive Instinct Vol. 1 DVD


    Experience real hunts using the Primitive Bow and Arrow in this full length DVD.