Re: Historical Authenticity
- Since Native Allies were included in the original post I'll address
My understanding of the purpose of "re-enacting" is to recreate as
accurately as possible the battles fought in (in this forum's case)
the War Of 1812. It is also my opinion that this should be carried
out with some semblance of "authenticity" as well as the utmost
respect and honor to those we portray.
I don't object to someone just starting out having to "improvise
their clothing and accoutrements" until they can acquire proper
period attire. I do however object to the blatant disregard of
authenticity in attire, culture and misreprentation of Native
portrayals that I have witnessed. Contemporary "Pan-Indian" pow-wow
window dressing has no place in an historical venue. Fact has always
been the greatest casualty of history at the best of times. To
present it in a fictitious manner is to do a great disservice to the
public that come to watch and learn. It is also a mockery of the
Native People and Ancestors.
Would a person showing up in an 1812 event dressed in a suit of armor
and chain-mail be authentic and period correct? It is possible since
it is pre-1812 era. It is probable? I highly doubt it! Although it
has its proper time period and location North America in 1812 isn't
one of them. This is a fine example of a recruit for Hollywood or the
Society Of Creative Anachronisms, the place for all such fictitious
and inaccurate portrayals.
Portraying a Native puts anyone whether Native or not in an extremely
precarious position. I still have a Clan and a Nation that I am
accountable to. In fact EVERYONE doing this portrayal is accountable
to them or any other Nation. One only has to surf the internet to
find that many Native Nations and Organizations have "Declared War"
on the use of Native symbols and "Wannabe Indians."
Authenticity in clothing, culture and proper representation is not a
Political Issue. It is in fact an ETHICAL matter in which the
Historical Responsibility rests in and on each and every one of us
- I have a possible site just west of Alliston, I think - gotta find the guys card again, but he offered 20 acres for "rough camoping for you guys" very recently.
From: "Don Ruetten" <ruetten@...>
Date: 2006/04/05 Wed PM 12:19:31 EST
Subject: [WarOf1812] Re: Historical Authenticity
> Is there a demand for this type of experience among the currentAbsolutely, count me in!
> reenactment community?
> Mike Anderson - GLI
Might be a bit tough to find a location unless we can do something
that's fairly easy on the landscape, ie. no brush shelters or crapping
in the woods, but I suppose the number of participants would be fairly
small anyway. Also without public support(money) we would have to
pick up the costs ourselves. Pay a fee for the pleasure of misery!
I'd do it for sure just for the experience.
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