Readers of Strong Heart will remember the pivotal role played by the atlatl (the primitive spear thrower). Characters escape some truly menacing foes and life-threatening situations thanks to their skill with the atlatl. Today I came across this video showing how such a tool would have been made. It’s fascinating. Watch to the end to see the velocity a thrower can achieve when throwing a spear with this tool….still going up against a short faced bear with this would be terrifying!
Author Charlie Sheldon stands beside a replica of a prehistoric Short Face Bear, much like the one his characters encounter in his novel Strong Heart
Looking for something fun on a Friday night? How about listening to a great story by a wonderful local author? Charlie Sheldon will read from Strong Heart at Village Books in Bellingham at 7PM, Friday, March 17.
Friday, March 17, 7:00PM
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
Strong Heart is an exciting tale set in the wild Olympic National Park on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and in the untamed North Pacific from Alaska to the Kamchatka Peninsula.