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hollow tube from which a dart or an arrow is blown by a person's breath. The arrow was usually tipped with a poison, such as curarecurare
, any of a variety of substances originally used as arrow poisons by Native South Americans in hunting and in warfare. The main active substance of curare, tubocurarine, is an alkaloid extracted from Chondodendron tomentosum, Strychnos toxifera,
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, which would stun or kill the struck prey. Blowguns were widely used by prehistoric peoples. In modern times they are still employed in SE Asia and by some indigenous peoples of the Amazon and Guiana regions of N South America.



an ancient weapon used for hunting (primarily birds) and sometimes for fighting. The blowgun is a tube measuring 1.5–3 m long, usually enclosed in another larger tube. Darts coated with a plant poison are ejected by the pressure of the air blown into the opposite end of the tube. The darts travel a distance of 30–40 m. Blowguns are still used in the inland regions of the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, in the tropical forests of the Malacca peninsula, and in South America. The blowgun was used more widely in the past; it was used, for example, by a number of tribes in the southeastern part of North America.

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I propped the end of the blowgun on a log to use it like a tripod and closed my eyes to begin a visualization.
Oh, it worked shooting level or at animals up in a tree but to aim with the blowgun below a 90[degrees] angle would dump the dart every time.
It is the South American blowgun hanging over Matusch's desk - a gift from a relative on their return from a vacation.
The blowgun measured approximately 36 inches in length and was equipped with a front sight that was painted red.
Rugby School students Vicky Tickle and Philip Koch created a device to retrieve dogs from the water and a toy blowgun to make it through to the final of Rotary International's Young Persons Award for Innovation.
The tool uses no electricity, has no moving parts and consumes less compressed air than a standard blowgun.
As you walk quietly through the gallery--like the Yagua Indian hunting with his blowgun in the tropical rain forest--you can't help but be impressed by the sensory stimulation around you.
Of course curare was always involved, but I can never remember them actually showing what a dart looked like, so it lent just that much more to the blowgun mystique.
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DECA SPORTS EXTREME will feature 10 3D sports:Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Snowball Fight, Sumo Wrestling, Bowling, Snowmobile Racing, Sport Blowgun and Trampoline.