Re: Historical Trekkers

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Posted by Two Kettles on October 26, 1999 at 18:51:47:

In Reply to: Historical Trekkers posted by Dana S. on October 26, 1999 at 11:32:42:

: I have been poking aroung some of the links from this
site and stumbled across some very interesting historical
trekker/reenactor sites. What is the difference between a
trekker and a reenactor? Also, are their any female
trekkers, or is historical accuracy important in trekking?
I like all the fun women's costumes (like Caitlin's!!), but
I also think it would be fun to rent some buckskins and
"rough it" for a weekend. I don't relish the thought of
trekking as a "camp follower"!

: Dana S.

Well, you finally got me. I've been following the postings here for quite a while, but this is myfirst post.
I've been involved in reenacting and living history for almost 25 years, so I feel fairly comfortable addressing this question. As some have suggested, reenactors don the clothing, take up the accoutrements, and to one degree or another portray or take on a persona from some historical period. In some cases, they do this only on weekends at public events during the hours the event is open. After hours they may change into modern clothes, go back to their motor homes, and crank up the generator and watch the game. But the next day they are bak in period clothing accuratelydepicting their era for the public. Although some disdain these folks, they are perfectly acceptable reenactors.
"Trekkers", on the other hand (not the Star Trek variety), totally immerse themselves in their period, usually the frontier (wherever it was) from about 1760 to 1850.They only wear clothing of the period (no hidden modern stuff), only carry period items, ncluding food and shelter (no Campbell's soup cans), and, if they are with a group, stay in character for the time they are out. Mark Baker, no stranger to this site, is one of the hobby's best known and respected trekkers.
I hope thi helps.

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