> Now please disregard any kind of sarcastic tone to this it is a
> serious question. That said here is my question. What other aspects
> of medieval archery re-creation are there? It seems to me that
That presupposes that the SCA is a medieval _re-creation_ society. But
that just isn't how it is defined. The SCA's Governing Documents
identify some of our goals:
".... to engage in research, publish material of relevance and
interest to the field of pre-17th-Century Western Culture; to present
activities and events which re-create the environment of said era, ...."
[SCA Articles of Incorporation]
"The Society shall be dedicated primarily to the promotion
of research and re-creation in the field of pre-17th-century
"The term "Society event" refers to tournaments, feasts, and other
activities whereby participants can display the results of their
researches into period culture and technology in an environment
which evokes the atmosphere of the Middle Ages and Renaissance."
Re-creation of equipment is *one* aspect of our goal but not the only one.
The GD's refer to "re-create[ing] the environment," "re-creation in the field
of [period] culture," and "evoking the atmosphere of the [period]." The SCA
simply isn't a pure re-creation organization. Such organizations exist, but
the SCA isn't one of them. The SCA is about education, research, and
learning about period culture -- it isn't limited to re-production and re-
> learning how to shoot period gear in a period manner IS medieval
> archery re-creation. Sure some people out there may want to take
Shooting medieval gear is an aspect of "medieval re-creation." Shooting
medieval style shoots is "medieval re-creation." For that matter, standing
around the archery lists in medieval clothing is "medieval re-creation." Now
which combination is "better?" Using medieval gear to shoot mundane
target's/styles or using periodesque material to shoot medieval targets/
styles? IMHO, neither one is inherently "better" than the other -- they just
demonstrate the different educational interests of the participants.
> their nice modern bows and go win tournaments, but that isn't medieval
> or recreation. That is just archery and can be done almost anywhere.
True enough unless the tournament happens to be based on shoots
designed to re-create medieval archery. To the extent that shooting
equipment so "modern" that it creates an unfair advantage I'll even agree
further -- but that's why we have SCA standards for equipment to limit those