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Eric Smith

Renowned Artist Crafts Special Weapons For Arts Festival

SULPHUR –Ancient weapons expert Eric Smith’s meticulous descriptions of his tribe’s heritage, culture and traditions are a time machine taking people back to the 14th century.

A love of the Chickasaw people is dispensed with a flowing narrative concerning clothing, weapons, footwear, gorgets, quivers, bows, arrows and buckskin lavishly adorned with feathers and accoutrements, both utilitarian and fashionable.

Smith is bringing something quite special – and extremely rare – to the Artesian Arts Festival May 25.

A full archery set, crafted solely with tools available to Chickasaws 500 years ago, will be among many items Smith will display.

“I’ve made a beautiful southeastern woodlands style bow, with genuine animal tendon and sinew string. I have crafted river cane arrows with all flint points. The bow has been treated in the ancient method by applying bear grease,” Smith said.



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