Fwd: [CALONTIR] Amazing Things People Do in the SCA
- This made me tear up too, just reading D'vorah's comments.
I don't know if D'vorah is still on this list or not, but I thought
some of you might like this as well. Maybe it will help answer the
questions and the looks from your family and friends.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Suzanne Booth <SuzanneBooth@...>--------
> Date: February 23, 2012 11:11:52 AM CST
> To: CALONTIR@...
> Subject: [CALONTIR] Amazing Things People Do in the SCA
> Reply-To: Historical Recreation in the Kingdom of Calontir <CALONTIR@...
> Just wanted to share this wonderful sentitment that D'vorah of the
> Midrealm posted on the scribes list:
> May I just note that I think it's bloody amazing how much care and
> work and love people pour into this hobby, to flesh it out and make
> it beautiful even to those who don't quite understand why we do what
> we do? When I tell my family what I do, they shake their heads; they
> can't understand "playing dress-up" as anything worth doing, past
> the age of nine or ten.
> Then I show them people's garb and explain, "This is a friend of
> mine who lives in California. He made his Norse outfit based on an
> existing sample of such clothing, found in a museum in Cleveland,
> from the 9th century." "This is a friend of mine from Arkansas who
> made her garb based on pictures she found online, of existing
> Persian garb from the 12th century." "This is my outfit. I can't sew
> right now, but I'm learning, so that I can make 13th century women's
> clothing for myself. This is what someone else made for me in the
> meantime; isn't it nice? She is a clothing Laurel, which essentially
> means that she has the equivalent of a bachelor's or possibly a
> master's degree in sewing and garbing."
> Then I show them the device for which I'll be applying shortly, and
> the devices/arms that others have registered.
> Then I show them my tent (peri-oid, modern-made SoulPad) and
> contrast it with proper yurts, getelds, pavilions, lean-to, Bedouin
> tents, wedges. "See, Grandaddy, these people made these themselves.
> Look, this one's brought her loom to the event, too. And this one
> does knife forging at events. This one made all his camp furniture
> -- isn't that a nice bed?"
> Then I show them my beginning scribal efforts, and contrast my first-
> ever page of scribing with someone else's AoA scroll, someone's
> peerage elevation scroll, someone's kingdom award scroll. "And
> someday I'm hoping to be able to scribe that well, so that an
> illuminator like this will think my writing is good enough to go on
> a scroll that she decorated."
> And I show them the research that people do, the shoes they make,
> the animals they raise, the naalbinding, shipbuilding, dyeing,
> metalworking, woodworking, jewelry making, cosmetics through the
> centuries, hair styling (my grandfather the former hair stylist/
> barber loves this one), cooking and brewing recipes� and then my
> family realize that I'm not just playing dress-up (though that is
> great fun!), but learning history by living it, just like they've
> learned modern cooking, religion, or driving a car by actually
> getting into the situation and DOING it. They now realize that this
> is one way I'm learning not just what was done, by why it was done;
> they see that I'm honoring my ancestors by learning about their
> lives from the inside.
> And now they've begun to see value in what they used to see as just
> a time-wasting activity. Thanks to all of you, who have loved SCA/re-
> creating/living history, and have given so much to our group
> understanding of the past. I am in awe of what human beings can do.
> And I am, over and over, amazed that I get to be part of it, and
> part of you.
> Dear G*D, I'm actually tearing up here. Time to go do something less
> emotional. ;)
> D'vorah bint al-Attar
> Middle Kingdom, Midlands, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)
> Maestra Suzanne de la Fert�
> Barony of the Lonely Tower
> Kingdom of Calontir
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas StefanliRous@...
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- On 23 Feb 2012, at 5:51 PM, Stefan li Rous wrote:
> This made me tear up too, just reading D'vorah's comments.I'm still here, and I'm flattered that something I said may help some, and affect others in a positive manner. Please share it as you like. Thank you so much, good milord.
> I don't know if D'vorah is still on this list or not, but I thought
> some of you might like this as well. Maybe it will help answer the
> questions and the looks from your family and friends.
D'vorah bint al-Attar
Middle Kingdom, Midlands, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)
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