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The atlatl was used for thousands of years almost worldwide. It had the advantage of lengthening the throwing arm of the hunter, thus more leverage to increase the speed of the dart. Despite the worldwide variations in the design of the atlatl, the basic components are still the same. They all incorporate a handle connected to a shaft with a spur. Make your own from a tree branch

Acorn Flour~ Gather & Shell. You can cut them in half and pop them out, or sit them on the flat bottom and take a hammer to the tip. Pulverize the shelled acorns and stir while boiling to keep from sticking. Strain the acorn flour and use right away, or dry it for later.