Plush Cave Atlatl

Plush Cave Atlatl
Found at Plush Cave, S.E. Oregon. Possibly 1500-2000 years old.

Wood, 21" x 3/4" x 1/2"
Leather thong, 24" or so


From the shape and the grooves, this is probably very similar to a basketmaker atlatl, which had braided leather fingerloops.
With Fingerloops

Unfortunately, braiding leather is not my strong point, and I have no idea how it used to be done. I know a way that will work, however.
Loops, Step 1
Plush Cave Atlatl

An article about this atlatl can be found at

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