Hello, I live in California so naturally have been very interested in California native bows. So for the past 3 years I have built up a collection of links to websites that have given me information on CA bows, I'm goining to give my list of References on CA tribe bows. http://www.farwestern.com...s/hwy395/mb/bowstave.htm How the Paiute removed their staves I know the Paiute Is Californian tribe but I belive the technique was similar to how some northern CA tribes also got their staves. http://books.google.com/b...ood+bow&output=html_text My favorite reference talks about any tribes bows, but goes most into detail about the southern CA natives bows, it is also surprising to find that the reference talks greatly about how elderberry was the most highly thought of self bow wood for CA natives. Sorry about the statement about the Paiute not living in CA as this information is incorrect, mayby I should have studied that tribe a little more. It's just that I thought that they only lived in the high desert area of Oregon and Nevada only, thank you for correcting me. It seems to be just the excuse to study the Paiutes more.