Chief Black Hoof explains the meaning of the word we now say as “Kentucky” as he begins to explain life from the eyes of his people. It’s interesting to hear history from a different perspective than the narrow view taught to us in school. As he continues the differences begin to grow less and start to become similarities.He continues to describe the society of his people and it soon becomes clear that perhaps they were more progressive than the white men. He explains how women in his tribe were held in a higher position than even the white man’s women. Indian women managed the affairs of the family, where to set camp, what to grow, they held all the belongings in the wig-wam, and yes even the wig-wam. While the women in the white man’s nation had little to say about these things. He describes when it came time to go to war how the braves would defer the final veto to the elder women. Then describes how young men became warriors. And describes the making of the “scalp lock” and what it meant, along with the adorning of the warriors. The reasons they fought the early settlers were described in ways that differ from those we learned. Black Hoof goes on to describe his decisions in dealings with the white men of this new nation. And describes his final days.
Well I hope this has given you a little different perspective of history, it certainly caused me to think a little more about what I ‘knew”. Brenda and I spent the whole day there just soaking up the atmosphere of the time they portrayed. So I’ll be posting more videos and pictures to help tell the story we saw.
Ok, maybe this was really just yesterday but it sure felt like 200 or more years ago. We stopped in at Fort Boonesboro Kentucky to see the period actors and learn a few things. I’l be posting some videos with music, history, and hopefully telling a story you’ll want to hear. Those of you more than 400 followers know that I try and make fairly short posts here just so you can pop in to see what we’re doing. SO, to do that there are going to be several posts. Along with the videos I’ll be adding podcast audio to “Road Noise” on this blog. So stay tuned and check it out.
Today we were entertained by Jonathan Hagee who is known as a Colonial Balladeer. He’s a “roving musician” who performs at fairs, festivals, schools, and historic sites sharing and talking about life in early America from the 1750-1820 time period.
Well once again our plans that are always “etched in Jello” changed this Saturday morning. An opportunity to dig through some mine tailings for minerals and rocks specimens got rained out. SO, we decided to go tour the historic Fort at Harrodsburg, KY. I’m posting the link to the video here while sitting in the Bandy Creek campground in a bushcraft event and gathering. So here’s the video, the pictures and more stories from the fort will follow later.