- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Native American bow maker from Lawton is being honored by the Chickasaw Nation’s governor for making some of the bows and arrows used in this year’s Academy Award winning film “The Revenant.”

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby (AN’-uh-tub-ee) praised Eric Smith on Thursday for Smith’s efforts to revitalize what Anoatubby called an important part of Chickasaw culture.

An arrow Smith made was featured in one of the film’s early scenes when fur traders come under an attack by Indian warriors.

Smith has been creating bows and arrows for more than 30 years, but says this is the first time his art has been used in a major motion picture and says he was impressed with the filmmaker’s commitment to authenticity and historical accuracy.

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