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Old 04-11-2013, 12:45 PM   #12
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Ok, ya'll....I hope I can explain this to you.

Hubby and I for YEARS have done rendezvous and some Living History events. It is a fun hobby, and your kids come out knowing enough history that they drive their teachers nutz. :o)

There are SOME folks who really want to know how folks lived "back then "(insert historical date that they are interested in). There are trekers...here in the USA, they are the folks who go out in the woods for the weekend or even a week, with nothing on their backs but what can be historically (first person) documented (other than a water filter and a turned off cell phone for emergencies, at the bottom of their handsewn linen ruck sacks). Look up John Curry on Google.

There are folks who do this for weekends and weeks at Living history events. There were a tribe of Eastern woodland Indian types at Mansker's Station spring trade fair. Clothing, camping equipment, etc. all documentable to the 18th century. NOTHING was allowed to show in camp on ANY of the participants that wasn't documentable to the 18th century (goggle Mansker's Station, and you'll see what I am talking about). When done right, it makes for an amazing trip back in time.

There are groups like that that "do" Medieval, or Roman, or WWII, or Napoleonic wars, or Civil War....you name it. If you are really interested in an era, NOTHING teaches you about an era like attempting to live it for a weekend or a week. Hands on learning is THE way to learn.

So...enter these gals with their desire to learn about western NDNs. They probably went to Rendezvous where some folks go camping in tipis. They are interested, intrigued. And they want to portray their "Personas" (the kind of persons they are interested in) as correctly as possible. And they are very willing to go to great lengths to do so.

Now, we camp in a tipi at Rendezvous. We spent nearly two weeks in it this January at the Alafia Rendezvous in FL. But we sleep on air mattresses (covered with Hudson Bay blankets and quilts!) , have a plastic bucket potty for late night nature calls (in a period correct bag during daytime!), and several other things at our camp (like canned soup to heat up for a quick lunch, or a toddler sippy cup) that the women of the fur trade wouldn't appreciate. But we camp for FUN and fellowship, esp at the tipi town encampment.

But there are those who I admire for their desire for learning the correct way of doing things. Like the gal who set up her tipi across from us at the Alafia, in 20 minutes, and had her entire camp for her and her granddaughter in one average size sedan (some friends had brought her poles when they brought theirs). One tiny igloo cooler was all the concession she made for the 21rst century. They slept on buffalo robes and the same outfits for several days at a time. Wooden and horn utensils. They must enjoy it...they keep coming back!

It's kinda hard to understand if you aren't VERY interested in history. And I am VERY sure that the folks don't mean it as disrespect. They are just interested in the time period and want to KNOW what it was like.

I found the Women of the Fur trade site about a year ago, and have enjoyed it. They EXPLAIN how to make the dresses they wear. And while we are Shawnee, we enjoy camping in a tipi (it's a real pain to take a woodland's wikiup to camp, altho I have seen it done). And while I am in a tipi, I dress in plains NDN clothing (just to fit in with the tipi, and as a nod of respect to the tipi's creators). Ribbon dresses, a three hide dress, and am considering a wool dress (a la the pattern at Women of the Fur trade site). I already have the green wool, and the cowry shells for decoration.

Doesn't mean I am Sioux, or Cheyenne. But haven't any of you ever wanted to go back in time, for just a bit, and live like some interesting person in history lived? Just for a weekend, or a week?
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