purpose of this series of articles is not to judge but, hopefully,
assist those who are involved in recreating Texas history, to
take a step back and look at themselves, their surroundings and
ask, "Is my persona believable to the public?" There
are several terms to describe what we do; historical re-enactor,
living history interpreter or even experimental archeologist.
A historical re-actor can best be described as a person that creates
a persona accurate to the time period they are portraying. They
are usually close in accuracy to their person but will use modern
conveniences when ever possible. A living history interpreter
is someone employed to educate the public but not speaking in
a first person character. They will usually be found at a living
history farm, settlement, etc where the focus is on taking the
public on a tour while explaining the exhibits. Experimental
archeologist is a term used to describe an individual who
will forsake all modern items and experience first hand the way
it was for a person to live and survive on a day-to-day basis
according to the time period he or she is studying. This usually
requires living from days to weeks at a time in a setting fitting
their studies in order to practice the skills used by our forefathers.
To me these terms all fall into the same category: a person who
by the best of their knowledge and ability recreate a particular
time in history and present him or herself in an authentic manner.
Those that are satisfied with just parading around in their buckskins,
broadcloth and hoop dresses are not only depriving the public
but themselves, as well, of a chance to capture a moment in time.
Having confidence in knowing that you are accurate in your persona
will make talking to the public more rewarding, and answering
their questions much easier.
Creating a Character
Is That Gun
What's in the Bag?
You need an Edge
up the Night
Keeping an Eye
on the Sky
What type of Primitive
Shelter is best for you?
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