Posted by Clabair on August 20, 1998 at 19:01:15:
In Reply to: Re: Le Voyageur posted by Victoria on August 20, 1998 at 18:37:11:
: Dear Clabair (around here that would be reworked to sound like claw-bear)
: That was great!!! And in a word, awesome. Your new get-up sounds very photogenic. Do you bite the quills before or after dying them, and where do you get them? Guys get to have such better costumes than the women. Does your family reenact too?
: I have never found any information about Fort St. Jean Baptiste in the F & I books I've read. Were there any battles?
: Many thanks,
I don`t bite the quills at all. I flatten them between my finger nails after I soak them in my mouth for a few minutes. I also clip off the barbs on all of them before I dye them. The quills I am using now are coming off of a dried hide from a road killed porky. After I use it up, I have a fur dealers catalog that sells dried hides for $15.
Now if you dress as a European Colonial woman, your outfit may well be plain. But my wife is a real Native American and she drees like wise. Native men showed their wealth by dressing up their wives. My wife has lots of ribbon trim and lots of trade silver on her dress.
My 16 year old son goes with me all the time as well as my 10 year old daughter and she dresses like her mom.
You probably won`t see anything about Baptiste in the F & I books. Not a single battle was fought there. It was a major trade center between St. Louis and New Orleans.
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