Re: Le Voyageur

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Posted by Clabair on August 20, 1998 at 17:36:21:

In Reply to: Re: Le Voyageur posted by Victoria on August 20, 1998 at 14:05:38:

: : Victoria -

: : I did not know that picture was published on the web. It was taken in Washington, Arkansas several years ago. My clothing and gear have taken a drastic change since then. In the picture with me are William Edwards the publisher of On the Trail Magazine and John Curry 18th Century writer for Smoke and Fire News. I am working on a current photograph of myself to put on the web. If there are any questions about my clothing and gear, please feel free to ask.

: : Clabair

: Dear Clabair

: Yes, plese tell us about the clothing and gear, if it's not too much trouble. Where did you get it. Is is mod-1750's? Why did you change it "drastically?"

: Also please extend the Board's compliments to your friend White Horse. It seems the History Channel saves it's pennies by showing the same scenes over again. Are reenactors recruited for films frequently?

: Thanks,
: Victoria

Well.... Where did I get my outfit? I made almost everything I have. I got the parts and built the French musket. The hunting shirt is made of linen and dyed in strong tea. The leggings are brain tan deer skins. My breachcloth is red, shirt weight wool. My centerseam moc`s are made of elk. The scarf on my head is cotton. The shooting pouch and powder horn are hard to see but I made these also and I still use them as they are.
First of all, after this event, I got both my ears pierced in which I wear trade silver (most of which I make). My hair is now down to the middle of my back. My hunting shirts are now dyed darker colors like wine,forest green and royal blue. I replaced my leather belt with a 9 foot, hand woven sash
that wraps around me twice and ties in the back. The sash is red with black stripes. The head scarf is now a blue/black silk scarf. I do not wear a knife in my sash any more. It was replaced by a hand made knife, in a quilled sheath, that hangs around my neck (I made and quilled the sheath). My leg ties (worn below the knees) I made on my 1760`s tape loom. They are woven from red wool with sky blue edge beading, a beaded crisscross pattern down the middle and brass cones with tuffs of red dyed deer hair in each one. The flaps of my moc`s are now edge beaded in white and I plan on putting a few of the deer hair brass cones on them. The sling on my musket was leather but the lady that did my sash also did the sling for me. It is red and black on gray and it too is edge beaded in white.
As you can see, some big changes. And I can alter this a little and go from Longhunter to Mixblood or Native or Frenchman, all from the 1750`s to 1770`s

You asked about films using reenactors alot. They are more than ever. Almost all the documentaries on A & E, Learning Channel and the History Channel done of these time periods use them. It`s cheaper for them in the long run because we bring our own costumes and weapons. Another plus is most of us don`t stop with just looking right, we try to learn most of the skills as well.

Hope this helps and wasn`t to long.


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