General 18th Century resources:
http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/18th/index.html. Owned and maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers – Newark. Not currently being updated, but some excellent links there.
Groups and e-mail list resources:
Southern Indian Department:
His Majesty’s Southern Department of Loyal Indian Allies is a historical re-enactment organization dedicated to the portrayal of the active period of the British Southern Indian Department in the Colonies-roughly from the middle of the 18th century through the Revolutionary War (American War for Independence). Members of this group portray Southeastern Native people, His Majesty’s Indian Department Officers and Employees, Loyalist Rangers and Crown Troops detached in direct support of the Indian Department.
Our portrayal of the Southern Indian Department brings together reenactors portraying both whites and natives to allow a more accurate portrayal of the time period at living history demonstrations, military and civilian historical reenactments, and through public and private exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and roundtable discussions. To accomplish this, we help our members grow by sharing research, organizing group events and mentoring of new members.
Frontier Folk Message Boards:
A message board covering a wide range of topics. The 18th Century Native American Reenacting forum is very active, with knowledgeable people from all over the world. Sponsored by Jon Hagee of http://frontierfolk.net/
An Email List for Living History Reenactors who portray Native Americans or Europeans who had daily contact with Native Americans in the 17th-19th centuries. The primary focus is on the Eastern portion of North America. This includes people who portray Indian Agents, Traders, or members of recreated military units that supported native operations, but not Indian Fighters. Discussion topics for this list will center around the outward appearance and re-creation of the material culture of Native Americans during this time period. Discussions are meant to improve the visible portrayal of natives of the time period within the context of Living History activities, so these activities are also admissible subjects for discussion. A Yahoo! Group. Access is through the Yahoo! page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NativeList/
Southeastern Culture Society:
The Southeastern Culture Society (SCS) is a group of living historians and reenactors who portray the native peoples of the Southeastern United States during the historic period. The group is also open to those who portray persons who would have come into contact with the Southeastern native peoples. The group focuses on two main periods, mid 18th century and early 19th century, however persons with an interest in any period are welcome. Topics centered on the political, religious, or mystical, are generally avoided. Yahoo! Group. The homepage is here: http://www.southeasternculture.com/
While not specifically a native reenacting organization, the COHT encourages members of all personas who fit the time period 1600-1840 to participate in events and research. The basic concepts are an excellent way of applying the research into history and material goods to try and “get inside the head” of the people of the time period.
From the Purpose and Ideals page of their website: “the Coalition of Historical Trekkers are dedicated to the preservation and study of the pre-1840 frontier people in America by means of literary research and experimental archaeology. We are historical trekkers, which is to say we are experimental archaeologist, involved in one or more eras of the historical time frame from 1600 to the year 1840. As is the purpose of an archaeologist, to establish facts about a historical people or time period, we establish facts pertaining to the way of life of the pre-1840 frontier people. This is accomplished by experimentation in wilderness situations, using firearms, clothing, and accoutrements, authentic to those used by the early frontier people here in America. We pledge to keep alive the awareness of those brave people who lived and died while carving out a place in the wilderness. We recognize that it was these brave men and women who made it possible for us, and generations to come, to live here in the land of the free-America.”
Online historical and ethnological information on Native American cultures of the Southeast:
American Museum of Natural History Ethnographic Collection – North America.
Searchable by item type, cultural group, etc.
Creek Treaties related to Georgia, from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Books Library Digital Library of Georgia
Louis LeClerc Milfort’s Memoirs online, in part at least. Milfort was not the best historian, but did spend some time among the Creeks during the latter part of the 18th century
Notes on the Creek Indians By J. N. B. Hewitt Edited by John R. Swanton. Chapter from Bulletin 123, Bureau of American Ethnology
University of North Carolina’s “Documenting the American South” – Carolina Provincial papers
Modern Tribal Government and associations:
Language and Folklore:
Native Languages: language tapes, info. Include Muscogee, Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw.
Links to Reenactor-specific pages:
One of the Fort Toulouse pages, done by Linda Kerr, has good info on Creek dress written by Davy Hobbs, and Women’s Creek attire by Ginger Jones. It’s very well researched, locale-specific and “plain jane”, but that’s what I wear anyway, and they are connected to the fort. http://www.living-history.net/Fort/FORTTOULOUSE.HTM
Another Fort Toulouse site with good photos, so you can see what people are wearing, hair styles, etc: http://habitants.8k.com/index.html
General Native technology, resources, etc. information:
Native American Ethnobotany: plants used by native people in North America
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