On a recent visit to Vancouver, BC, I saw these cable-backed Inuit bows at both the Museum of Anthropology and the Maritime Museum. I'm deeply curious about what the bows were made from. I've been googling and so far haven't found any information to answer this. The bows in the pictures here were definitely wood, rather than something like bone or antler, so what wood were the Inuit using? As far as I'm aware, trees producing bow-sized logs were rare or non-existent in Inuit areas. The TBB suggests driftwood was used. Big rivers flow off North America into the Arctic Ocean, so I'd believe that logs of a sufficient size could be carried into the sea there. That wouldn't give the people much choice in the species they were using, so did they just make bows out of any wood they found? Or could they recognize different species? If so, what species did they choose?