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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Walking Back into the Past: The Feast of the Hunters' Moon

This weekend the unthinkable happened:  We took Sunday OFF and went on a trip back in time.  I know some of my readers are familiar with events going on the Lafayette, IN area, but for those of you who don't, let me tell you about The Feast of the Hunters' Moon!
The PR release states: "The Feast of the Hunters' Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid - 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana."

Here is what the historical marker(I sometimes call them "hysterical markers." See the next sentence below the picture) has to say about the place:






This was the 43rd year for this event, and I have been to a few of them in my time, the consequences of having a history teacher for a dad!

I'm going to have to divide this post in two, or you would experience complete picture overload:  Let's start with checking out the many faces of the over 8,000 re-enactors that make the Feast so entertaining and historically correct:



Don't you just love these hats?


These two were totally prepared for the chilly weather we had in the morning!



Wish I could have recorded the music!  I love to hear the fifes play.....


and I really love the bagpipes!


 We stopped and listened to a little lesson on how Newfoundlands were used
in this time as cheap labor.  Lewis and Clark even had one that made it
to the Pacific Ocean and at least part of the way back! 



Should have cropped this one a bit more to remove the free commercial.   I loved
the beautiful blue of this woman's dress.  (I will post tomorrow about the good eats!)



How adorable is this little girl!???!


These guys were coming up from the Wabash River with the group 
accompanying the priest to bless the day.



Part Wolfman??????
 Could be!




Loved this Indian couple!




OK!  Talk about your BIG BANG!  
This looks like a good place to pause for the day. Tomorrow, I will show you some of the crafts and foods made right on the site!  Have a great day everyone!

8 comments:

  1. Ohhh, I LOVE this kind of thing! And your photos are wonderful. I bet I can find bagpipe music on pandora.com. It's always been one of my favorites. And the guy wearing the Hudson Bay blanket coat - and all the costuming!! What a fun time that must have been. That would be worth a trip to Indiana!

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  2. Oh how neat, Lana... I would LOVE to see that.. It reminded me a little of our experience in Williamsburg. We loved the Fife and Drums also --and actually bought a couple of CD's after hearing them play.

    Love seeing the Indians (Native Americans) and their beautiful costumes... How gorgeous!!!!

    Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see Part II.... (I also divide out my pictures so that people don't have so many to see... I find that when I go to posts with too many pictures, I just skim through them...)

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. I really miss going to the Feast! Thanks for posting so many wonderful pics Lana. I feel as though I was right there with you...but I'll be waiting anxiously for your food and crafts post too! LOL

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  4. how fun! i've never been to a reenactment, unless colonial williamsburg counts!

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  5. So cool! Now I'm bummed I never made it despite being @ Purdue 6 years!

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  6. Lana I loved seeing the clothes. I went to a Indian reinactment in the summer and they didn't have much on in the way of clothes. I really like the fur hat. I am glad to see this festival because I have heard so much about it.

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  7. Now lookie there... they had diet drinks back then! $3 would have been quite a wage for such a beverage...lol!

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