Thunderbird Atlatls have been featured on a wide variety of TV shows and films. Here are some of our media appearances.
Weapon Masters – Atlatl vs. Steel Armor
Is an atlatl dart powerful enough to puncture the steel armor of conquistadors? Weapon Masters finds out. This video features Bob Berg and was filmed at the Stonetool Craftsmen Show at Letchworth State Park.
Napoleon Dynamite challenges Jimmy Fallon to an Atlatl competition
Thunderbird Atlatl’s Wyalusing Atlatl and darts were featured in this hilarious Late Night with Jimmy Fallon segment.
“[The Wyalusing] is hewn with the bone of a mammoth, so it carries the strength and the spirit of the beast.”
“It’s like ancient, uh, neandrathal technology…it’s what the cavemans used to use back like a billion years ago…they would like hunt with it and use it in tribal warfare, and they’d kill each other. It was pretty cool.” – Napoleon Dynamite
Deadliest Warrior – Aztec Jaguar Warrior
The Aztec warrior uses our Nanticoke Atlatl and darts in a death match on this segment of Deadly Warrior.
Introduction to Atlatls – Vermont Public Television Outdoor Journal (2008)
Bob Berg teaches Marianne Eaton of Vermont Public Television how to make and throw with the atlatl.
Atlatl Big Game Hunters – Maine Public Broadcasting (2005)
Atlatl Expert Bob Berg and Archaeology Professor Jim Petersen speak about the atlatl, and its uses both modern and in prehistoric New England.
Sheena – Queen of the Jungle
Sheena was an action adventure show about a jungle
warrior queen with the ability to transform into animals. It was produced from 2000-2002. Thunderbird Atlatl produced atlatls and darts used on this program several times.
“We sent atlatls and darts to Disney Productions in Florida for use in the new Sheena television series. Sheena will be using atlatls when the television show premiers this fall. I understand that she shoots down a plane with her atlatl!” – Cheryll Berg
See: TV’s Sheena to Throw Atlatls Made in Tioga County
Tioga County Community Press, 2000.
Make Magazine Live – Kanakadea Atlatl Kit
Our Kanakadea Atlatl Kit was featured on the “Siege and Ballistics Kits” episode of Make Magazine’s Live web show.
Age of the Dragons
The Tioga and Catatonk Hunter atlatls are featured in the fantasy adventure film “Age of Dragons” (2011).
“Age of the Dragons” is an adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick. Set in a medieval realm where Captain Ahab and crew hunt dragons for the vitriol that powers their world, Ishmael, a charismatic harpooner joins their quest.
In the trailer below you can see Ishmael shooting a giant metal harpoon (!) with one of our atlatls around 1:55.
Nevada Passage – Desert Run and Scramble
Nevada Passage is an adventure race competition. In 2007, they featured our Thunderbird Atlatls as part of their competition.
Hunter & Gatherer Culture (“Fanger og Samler Kulturer i Norden”) – Denmark
A promotional video for the living history museum Land of Legends (Sagnlandet Lejre) in Denmark, showing the hunter-gatherer cultures of Scandinavia. In this video, a native of Greenland shoots one of our atlatls.
Discovery Channel’s “Neanderthal”
Although this show does not feature our atlatls, Bob Berg made the spears and flint points for this popular Discovery Channel documentary program.
Synopsis of Neanderthal “Long ago, two species of human beings coexisted on Earth until competition drove one of them to extinction. This program, set in the southwest of France 35,000 years ago, uses re-creations of cinematic proportions to reconstruct life in the Neanderthal world at the time Cro-Magnons first entered the scene. All aspects of Neanderthal clan life are examined, including tool- and weapon-making, hunting and gathering, health and healing, childbirth, rituals, and making fire. Footage of skeletal remains and the scholarly research of eminent paleontologist Chris Stringer and Oxford University’s Paul Pettitt support the documentary. A Discovery Channel Production.”
- WBNG – Binghamton, NY
- WTVH Channel 5 – Syracuse, NY
- WENY – Elmira, NY
7 thoughts on “Television & Film Appearances”
Check out “Quigley Down Under”, with Tom Selleck in the title role and Alan Rickman as the lead antagonist (released October 17, 1990). As the story line develops, a tribe of Aborigines save Quigley and love interest (played by Laura San Giacomo) after they are left for dead in the desert outback. The men of the tribe teach Quigley how to throw a dart with what looks like a “whoomera”.
I just watched a new movie called The Silencing (2020) with Nickolaj Coster Waldau (Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones) that features the atlatl heavily.
We know of the movie. They actually sent us the script about five years ago. We did see it. It was interesting (and we also like Nickolaj Coster Waldau) but seemed a little disjointed. Anyway, a lot of people looked up to see what an atlatl was from watching the movie.
Quest for fire is a movie filmed in Canada .prehistoric setting they used atlatl great movie.
Yes, we have seen the movie! Thank you for your comment.
I have written a horror script where the antagonists use atlatls en masse against soldiers. Now I know where to get the props!. For a minute, I thought I’d have to have someone make these.