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The Matses are without a doubt, some of the best practitioners of the art of archery in the entire Amazon Rainforest. However, anthropologists have documented that until relatively recent in Matses history, the Matses used blowguns rather than bows and arrows. It was only the need to defend their territory from foreign invaders that caused the Matses to give up blowguns in favor of archery. In fact, some have suggested that the Matses adapted Amazonian archery technology from the Marubo tribe. What ever the origin, Matses bows and arrows are a reflection of the strong Matses work ethic in that they are meticulousness crafted instruments demanding an incredible amount of energy and time in their production.

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