No Free Horses!

No Free Horses!
Shiloh - a rescued horse (date was 7/14)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Re-enactment at the Cherokee Strip Museum

The Saturday before Easter, I decided to leave the ranch work behind and go to a nearby town to see a mini-reenactment featuring Mountainmen and the Delaware Indians.  I heard that there would be dancing and singing as well as story-telling . . . so grabbed my camera and arrived just after 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon. 

As I approached the Museum, there were lots of tee-pees and tents set up . . .

and a one-room schoolhouse . . .

I arrived during a song/dance to honor veterans of the Delaware Indian tribe:

This man is the friend of a friend, and he patiently explained to me the significance of the beading on his skirt . . . He had made some of his leather clothing/moccasins, and a friend of his had made his leggings.

The beaded stars on his skirt represent his three sons, one of whom has died.  The red, yellow, and green wedges represent the circle of his life.
There were hollow deer "toenails" hung from rawhide just below his knees, and I was told that they made noise to confuse enemies who were then unable to gauge the number of approaching Indians when they were moving through the trees or in the dark.

After listening to a mountainman story/song . . .

I went to see what the mountainmen and craftsmen had brought to trade.
There were guns,
A matchlock . . .
other valuable items like brass candlesticks, strong drink, knives, oil lanterns . . .
and even turkey feather "kites" for the children . . .
There was even a jail for outlaws . . . and the most hardened of criminals . . .
It was a beautiful day for the reenactment, although windy . . .
and I learned some new things as I talked with some of the people who participate in these reenactments around the country.
There will be another reenactment next weekend . . . with many more tribes represented, and a Renaissance Festival is planned for August. 
It was a nice break from working at the ranch . . . and as one friend said, "The ranch work will be there tomorrow . . . "  It was refreshing to get away from the routine and have some new experiences and meet new friends.


  1. Looks like a very fun and insightful day.
    BTW love Live Oaks and that one looks very old and wise - beautiful tree.

  2. Looks like it was an interesting day.

  3. Holly, how cool! I'm glad you decided to leave the work for a day and have a good time. :)

  4. Wish you could come to the one tomorrow night, Suz. It's called the All-Nations Indian Pow-Wow . . . If you Google it, you will find more information.
    I'm hoping to be there on Saturday night . . .
    There will be money prizes given to the best dancers and native dress.

    Maria, that Live Oak, I've been told, is a landmark in Milpitas and held great significance to the Indians in that area years ago. Presently, it provides amazing shelter for a friend who rents the land under and around it for her Mustangs and Morgan horses.


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