Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
'Seven Years War/French and Indian War' most interesting group photos on Flickriver
Friday, 22 January 2010
Official UAFP site
One of the best places to reenact colonial America over here on this side of the pond is surprisingly in Northern Ireland! The Folkpark in Omagh is the home of many reconstructed buildings such as this log cabin which with its snake fencing is a brilliant backdrop for action and the Park usually has a colonial reenactment around the 4th of July.
Lovely Indian skirmish photo
More photos here
Image of the cabin from Irish Views
A noted Wyandot chief of the Porcupine clan, born at Detroit in 1742, died at Cranetown, near Upper Sandusky, Wyandot county, Ohio, in Nov. 1818. He was called Le Chef Grue, or Monsieur Grue, by the French; the English knew him as Crane. When in his prime Tarhe was a lithe, wiry man, capable of great endurance.
He fought at Point Pleasant on the Kanawha under Cornstalk in 1774, and it is said that, of the thirteen chiefs who participated in the battle of Maumee Rapids, or Fallen Timbers, in 1794, when the Indians met with such disastrous defeat at the hands of Wayne, Tarhe was the only one to escape, and he was badly wounded in the arm. Largely through his influence, and in the face of great opposition, the treaty of Greenville in 1795 was made possible, and he ever after held its provisions inviolate, even to opposing Tecumseh's war policy from 1808 until the War of 1812. He remained faithful to the American cause during this conflict, and, although more than 70 years of age, marched at the head of his warriors through the whole of Gen. Harrison's campaign into Canada, and participated in the battle of the Thames, Oct. 5, 1813, in which Tecumseh was slain. From the close of the war until his death in 1818, Tarhe became well known to the settlers in central Ohio, "many of whom were honored by his friendship and benefited by his influence." Harrison described him in 1814 as a " venerable, intelligent, and upright man," and at another time, while speaking highly of several important chiefs with whom he had been largely in contact, he designated Chief Crane as the noblest of them all.
He was chief priest of his tribe, and as such was the keeper of the calumet which bound the tribes north of the Ohio in a confederation for mutual benefit and protection. After his death a mourning council was held at Upper Sandusky, attended by representatives of all the tribes of Ohio, the Delaware of Indiana, and the Seneca of New York, among the noted chiefs present being Red Jacket. The exact place of his burial is unknown. See Taylor in Ohio Arch. and Hist. Quar., ix, no. 1, 3, 1900.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Actually I really like Krieghoff's work - OK it's a little Christmas card-like but it's also a fascinating look at the world of the winter hunter.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
The Battle of Point Pleasant, known as the Battle of Kanawha in some older accounts, was the only major battle of Dunmore's War. It was fought on October 10, 1774, primarily between Virginia militia and American Indians from the Shawnee and Mingo tribes. Along the Ohio River near modern Point Pleasant, West Virginia, American Indians under the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk attacked Virginia militia under Andrew Lewis, hoping to halt Lewis's advance into the Ohio Country. After a long and furious battle, Cornstalk retreated. After the battle, the Virginians, along with a second force led by Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, marched into the Ohio Country and compelled Cornstalk to agree to a treaty, ending the war.
Robert Dafford is working on a series of murals depicting these events - see here.
Image from here where you can see more of the depictions of events from around this time.
Images of the event here at Pioneer Times which has a lot of interesting photos and articles around this theme.
Of course this place is most famous for the murder of Cornstalk - a Shawnee chief.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
'Witness the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700’s. “Tecumseh!” has been labeled as one of the most mesmerizing dramas in the nation.
The huge, outdoor stages of the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre afford the audience a unique viewing experience. You will sit beneath the stars in the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre as sheer spectacle surrounds you with a herd of galloping horses, live military cannon in action, and the most dazzling battle sequences offered on the American stage.
Often emulated within the outdoor drama industry, “Tecumseh!” continues to set the standard for innovative production techniques. Over 100 people are involved each summer in bringing this exciting drama to life. The sights and sounds of natural elements serve to heighten this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.
June 11 – September 4, 2010 (Monday – Saturday)'
Monday, 18 January 2010
Mémoires sur la dernière guerre de l’Amérique septentrionale entre la France et l’Angleterre, suivis d’observations, dont plusieurs sont relatives au théatre actuel de la guerre, et de nouveaux détails sur les mœurs et les usages des sauvages, avec des cartes topographiques
Sunday, 17 January 2010
According to the wiki on him Morgan, a lawyer he became a founding "warrior" of the Grand Order of the Iroquois. The fraternity of young white men adopted some of the social practices of the Iroquois, and were particularly interested in their confederacy. They dressed in traditional clothing and adapted some Iroquois rituals with the purpose of understanding the people better.
In 1844, Morgan moved to Rochester, New York, still within former Iroquois territory. He expanded his interests to learn more about Iroquois society. With the help of fellow "warriors," including Ely S. Parker, of Seneca descent, Morgan started to do pathbreaking ethnographic work: he studied facts to understand Iroquois society on its own terms. Inspired by Parker, Morgan and his fellow warriors worked to protect the Tonawanda Seneca reservation from being broken up by men eager for its land.
Read online Morgan's work Houses and House-Life of the American Aborigines
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Maybe it's a question of branding - maybe we should think in terms of 'Tecumseh's war'. As the wiki on Tecumseh's War states:
'In broader context, historians place Tecumseh's War as the final conflict of the Sixty Years War resulting in the European conquest of the Great Lakes region.'
Articles on the War of 1812 here
Friday, 15 January 2010
Huron-Wendat Hunter Calling a Moose, by Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872), About 1868, 28.6 x 23.8 cm
Portrait of Canadian Indian Nicolas Vincent of Lorette wearing snowshoes by Philip J. Bainbrigge 1840.
A more famous image of Nicholas Vincent Tsawenhohi by Edward Chatfield 1825, is here.
With Haiti in the news I thought you might excuse me meandering off the path a little to feature this unique country and how their history and their shedding the shackles of colonialism (in their case Napoleonic France, England and Spain) has shaped the present. If you don't know the story I recommend you check it out - as far as I know there is a big budget movie in production (Toussaint) under the auspices of Danny Glover and featuring people like Jonathan Rhys-Meyers...it's likely we'll be hearing more of L'Ouverture but if you are interested in American colonial history give this sequence a chance.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Images of Fort Foster
I realise not many of you are going to leap on a plane to Florida to join in these reenactments (though the Alligator wrestling was a clincher for me) but if you are interested then this page of links on Nativetech will be useful to you. Index of articles including longshirt pattern.
I think it's interesting to see so many things going on in January and February down in Florida - check out the Seminole War Live Journal
to find out what was going on in 1836 etc. This is a great site with lots of photos and reports.
The Longhouse is now furnished as closely as possible to an original 1670 longhouse, complete with replicas of European and colonial trade goods and items created and crafted by the Seneca. Also in the longhouse are crops, herbs, and medicines grown, harvested, and preserved by the Seneca who lived atop the hill at Ganondagan.
Longhouse details here
Winter games event (Feb 10) details including a snowshoe run here
There's also a Yahoo Group on the period here.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
If you are in Florida in February (the 26-28th) there is a weekend of activities around the theme of the 2nd Seminole war. The website says
The battle reenactments honor the Seminole’s struggle and sacrifice to remain in their homeland and will feature authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire and tactics typical of the Second Seminole War.
The three-day event will also include music, Seminole food, Seminole and pioneer artisans, tomahawk throws, primitive archery competition, authentic Seminole and soldier camps, venomous snake shows and alligator wrestling. “Period settlers” from around the country will hew wood, iron and silver crafts and depict trading techniques from the Seminole war era. Event and participant details here
Monday, 11 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
'The true story of Simon Girty'. My now grown-up kids all buy a lot of graphic novels and comics so I always have an eye out for interesting frontier style tomes and this series seems to have a bit of a cult following though I admit not to having seen them in the flesh.
I am not sure how many are in the series - I think they're all here but search the web to find out more if its your bag - certainly Truman is an accomplished comic artist and these seem a useful set to track down.
Daniel Boone leads a group of brave settlers into the untamed territory of the Cumberland Gap, establishing Fort Boonesborough in the heart of hostile Shawnee land. A scheming Frenchman named Simon Girty convinces the local tribes that the settlers are out to steal their lands and foments a conflict aimed at stopping the pioneers' westward progress.
Friday, 8 January 2010
Wiki on the subject here.
English: Hopothle Mico, a member and a chief of the Creek nation who was most likely present at the signing of the Treaty of New York on August 7, 1790. Pencil. Inscribed on back: Hopothle (?) Mico or / the Talasee (?) King / N York July 1790.)
Anyway if any of you know of any good wargames or other links for the Seminole Wars get in touch.
The figures are 1/72 scale...- there's a lot of conversion work going on - on the slideshow I think I can see French and Indian war and the Revolution - the battle of Oriskany and Tarleton's Legion are there.......bloody brilliant is what they are!
Thursday, 7 January 2010
As far as I know warclubs were by this date primarily ceremonial and had distinctive tribal design characteristics which were used as a calling card in a raid. They are popular with reenactors but I believe the trade axe or tomahawk was much more prevalent in the 18th century.
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Seminole wars foundation.