Eric Smith, Chickasaw, is a well-recognized bowyer, archery historian, and teacher in the art of making traditional bows and arrows used by the plains Indians. In 1984, Eric began researching the craft of making traditional Native American bows and arrows. His ability to teach the craft of bow making is recognized by many sovereign nations and the U.S. government. Eric’s bows and arrows represent accurate replicas from several North American tribes and have been used to harvest one of North America’s largest game animals the bison. Eric’s bows and arrows are found in museums and galleries across the globe.
As an instructor at Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Eric created and taught the history of Native American archery and bow and arrow making. This is the only class taught on these subjects in the history of a school operating under the direction of the Bureau of Indian Education. In addition to teaching at Riverside, he has taught his craft to many Native American youth from reservations across the United States.
In December 2015, Eric’s bows and arrows were featured in an Academy Award winning film “The Revenant”. After the completion of the Revenant project, another production company, HBO, requested numerous bows and arrows for a mini series titled “Lewis and Clark”, which will air soon. Currently, Eric is making archery equipment for another film “The Chickasaw Rancher”, which is in production. Eric lives in Lawton, Oklahoma.