On June 12, 2009 we (Lalitha and I) landed at the entryways of Masai Mara National Reserve by twelve joined by Suraj (our child) and Boston (Suraj’s companion). Subsequent to finishing section conventions we drove in and registered with ‘Sentrim Mara’ and possessed our tree-beat room. Suraj and Boston were 50 meters away in another tree-beat room. Limit mud-ways twisting through grass and other shrubby development associated the two tree-best rooms and other comparative rooms. Gathering and eating corridor were right around 300 meters away. “Try not to descend from your room, never stroll crosswise over alone to another tree-beat room or to the gathering. Call gathering on the off chance that you have to”, were the directions at the work area and furthermore noticeably showed in the rooms. We were somewhere inside the Masai wild. Fencing however present and anticipated that would keep wild creatures away are known to bomb now and again! We invested energy lazing around and getting a charge out of the wild atmosphere of the room and tuning in to trumpeting of elephants at a separation.
When it was lunch time we called the gathering and thin figure of a Masai tribesman showed up beneath. He had a common splendid hued Masai shawl tossed over his shoulders and a bow and bolts in his grasp! Both the weapon and the cover were delightfully hand created and exceptionally appealing. Lalitha’s eyes fell on the shawl and mine on the ‘Bow and Arrows’. Easygoing discussion with the tribal, with assistance from Boston to translate, I accumulated that such bows and bolts and shawls can be purchased from trinket shops. After we came back to Nairobi we sought knick-knacks/keepsake shops and could just discover little reproductions of the weapon however not full measured ones and couldn’t discover the shawl. Just before we exited Nairobi Boston talented Lalitha a Masai shawl (which she uses right up ’til today) and Boston lamented his powerlessness to get ‘bow and bolts’ for me. From that point forward a tribal hand-made bow and bolt stayed at the forefront of my thoughts and not on our dividers.
In July 2014 we moved to Madakkimala in Wayanad area of Kerala. Wayand is known to house near portion of Kerala’s tribal populace. 19% of Wayanad’s populace is tribal and you see them all over the place. Wayanad has a few espresso domains and we remain in leased premises inside one such espresso bequest.
December and January every year is when yearly espresso gathering occurs in Wayanad. Huge breadth of established front yard of the house we live in transforms into espresso drying yard. ‘Night guardians’ (called “paravu” in Malayalam) remain conscious overnight in ‘watch-sheds’, keeping themselves warm with a blaze. On the off chance that any tribal is on “paravu” obligation, he now and again comes furnished with customary bow and bolts. Visitors who have gone by us amid this season have tried their arrow based weaponry aptitudes!
Espresso reaping period of 2015–2016 passed by and I couldn’t induce any of the tribes men to handcraft bow and bolts for me! “There is a particular period when we make weapons. Not at the present time”, they said. 2016–2017 espresso reaping season came and my hassling more likely than not accepted disturbing levels; and a “Paravu” tribal-man yielded.
Keshavan has a place with the Kurichiya tribe. Kurichiya is a tribe found in Wayanad area of Kerala, India. The name Kurichiya was given to this tribe by the Kottayam Raja (before Pazassi Raja period) as they were specialists in bows and arrows. The word Kurichiyan is gotten from the word kuri (target) and the word chiyan (individuals). There are different translations too for the birthplace of the word ‘Kurichiya’.
Keshavan created the bow from areca nut tree trunk (he has guaranteed to make another from bamboo).
He has created two sorts of bolts;
1. Kathi-ambu’ is utilized to make a slaughter (in Malayalam kathi=knife or sharp edge; ambu=arrow)
2. ‘Mottu-ambu’ is utilized to slaughter feathered creatures or paralyze people (in Malayalam mottu=bud; ambu=arrow).
Bolt shaft is produced using stick, arrow point is tempered iron for kathi-ambu and wood for mottu-ambu; bolt fletching is flying creature plumes.
At long last a bow and bolt hand made by a tribal went up on my divider on 28 January, 2017!
This Article is written by K. Sudhakar anf referred here by Archery in Pakistan for archery lovers.