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Further Information on the Geography of the Blowgun and Its Implications for Early Transoceanic Contacts

Stephen C. Jett
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Vol. 81, No. 1 (Mar., 1991), pp. 89-102
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2563673
Page Count: 14
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Further Information on the Geography of the Blowgun and Its Implications for Early Transoceanic Contacts
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Abstract

I supplement my earlier Annals article on the blowgun (Jett 1970) with new information pertaining to the evolution, dispersal, and distribution of the weapon and its accoutrements. The weapon's known geographic range is extended, most importantly to north of the lower Amazon River in Brazil, to the Kabul region of Afghanistan, and to localities in West New Guinea and the western Caroline Islands. The manifold and detailed similarities between the blowgun complexes of the Indonesian region and of tropical America suggest early transpacific introduction from the Old World to the New; this is supported by much additional evidence reported elsewhere. Migrations from Southeast Asia may have been triggered by post-Pleistocene marine inundation of parts of the Sunda Shelf and adjacent lowlands.

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