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Smithsonian Atlatls
These are pictures from a visit to the Smithsonian Warehouse in Washington D.C. to see all the atlatls in their archives.
  Also visited were the Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institute, and some Washington DC viewing. They used the Metro for their transportation.
  You may see some duplicate photos.... #1 to 67 are from Steve Barnett, #68 to 121 are from Sharon Keefer, #132 to 138 are by Mark Bracken.
Sharon says:
Hi,

About the visit to the Smithsonian and it's warehouse...

When we learned last year that some of our European atlatl friends were coming to hunt in archery season, we thought a trip to The Smithsonian to view atlatl related history would be a treat for them, us too.  We contacted The Museum via an internet site we found and cyber met, David Rosenthal, Assistant Collections Manager for the Museum.  David sent us lists of atlatls from different parts of the world and asked us to mark which throwers we would like to look at, since time was going to be limited.  After sending the lists back to him, we set the date for our trip.  September 11th put a very abrupt halt to that trip.  When the European gang contacted us this year about attempting again to come to Pennsylvania for archery season, we emailed David and he set the visit up for us once more.  This time, he didn't ask which atlatls we wanted to look at, but offered every one he had.  We had a very nice tour, led by David in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum warehouse and were permitted to spend as much time as we wished to for browsing.  The following people were mesmerized for hours!  Jean Jacques Durancet, his wife Brigette, Claude Berducou, Steve Barnett, Mark Bracken, JoAnne and Gary Fogelman and Terry and Sharon Keefer.  

And, that's about it.
Date(s): October 3, 2002. Album by Margie. Photos by Barnett, Keefer, Bracken. 1 - 138 of 138 Total. 5618 Visits.
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Gjun, Thu, 15 Aug 2013 7:49PM
interested
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doug bell, Tue, 4 Oct 2011 8:19PM
I've been playing with Atlatls for about 2 years now and I'm hooked for good. I was disappointed not to see any pictures of the points? You show case fulls of Darts but the points look like they're covered? I did see the one made of wood though. Did anyone get any pictures of the points?
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Tracey Dunlap, Sat, 23 Jan 2010 5:41PM
cool trip
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Gary Thompson, Mon, 7 Jan 2008 12:27PM
Wow, what a nice resource of spearthrower fotos. Did anyone besides myself ever notice the resemblances between some atlatls and the less decoritive forms of the Chinese Ru Yi scepters?
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Chad Manderscheid, Thu, 23 Aug 2007 1:31PM
I am a love of the atlatl and I wish I was in a club.  Thanks for the site.
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grover, Tue, 3 Jan 2006 12:48AM
your pictures helped me with a book I am writing, worth a thousand words
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Junius Kerr, Thu, 3 Nov 2005 4:10PM
This has been a long time interest, finally built a set, still needs refining
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Del Hogen, Mon, 25 Jul 2005 8:13AM
Thanks... this info and photos really helped me with a special project here in Alaska
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Gretchen Sagan, Thu, 16 Jun 2005 11:19AM
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