At 10:38 PM +0000 8/1/04, Aliskye wrote:
>--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "Sharon L. Krossa" <skrossa-
>>I started working one of the original ren. fairs (RPFN in
>>California) in the "middle days" (1982), and I don't recall the fur
>>tails at the back in that era at the fair I attended (despite there
>>still being quite a lot of overlap between SF cons, SCA, and ren.
>>fair participants in 1982). I'm not entirely sure, but I might have
>>started to see them showing up sometime in 1989-92, after I had
>>been away from fair for few years, although it may not have been
>>until 1998 that I actually saw any (after having been away again
>I guess I'm more convinced that it's simple cross over than anything
>else. A google check for a history of Furry Fandom says the first
>Furry-only (I can't believe I'm typing any of this :) ) convention
>was in 1989 and that Furry activity was building up in the early
I'd find simple crossover more convincing if I hadn't seen people at
a ren. fair wearing fur tails and other fur pieces in locations other
than hanging from their belts at the back over their butts (e.g.,
hanging from the side of their belts, hanging from the front of their
belts, draped on a shoulder, etc.) _before_ seeing anyone at that
ren. fair wear fur tails at the back and if I hadn't heard some of
those people explain these fur pieces as "flea furs".
(Although I'm not certain whether it was sometime in 89-92 that I
first saw tails worn at the back, I do recall thinking when I did
first start seeing them worn there that it was inevitable in the ren.
fair context that the tails on belts would eventually migrate to the
back -- it was too obvious a joke and ren. fair participants, rather
like SCA participants, are not the sort to neglect an obvious joke ;-)
>There is a household of rapier fighters in Caid that all wear fur
>tails. Next time I see one I'll ask about it.
Ask them specifically when they started wearing their tails, where
they got the idea (e.g., who they saw doing it and where they saw it)
and whether their source also wore their tails at the back (rather
than hanging from the side or front, etc.), why they decided to copy
it, what they thought it was when they started doing it, etc.
Sharon L. Krossa, skrossa-ml@...