This dude was period correct but his period was incorrect—the Civil War began 13 years after the rendezvous meetings ceased to exist. With that said, Steezy is as Steezy does.
This dude was really friendly, obviously he was running more of a Green Beret X Death Metal X Larper thing than most, but I think he was happy to be seen and participate in something close to his scene, at least until his scene has a scene of its own.
"I am wondering where one draws the line. Given that we live now, here, on the cutting edge of modernity. In a time when more people in the world have cell phones than have access to potable water. A time where we define water as having the quality of either being potable or not, where we think about water at all."—Kyle Von Hoetzendorff, author of The Modern Mountain Man
The two women in the middle are sisters. One married a man from Wyoming. The other married a man from Illinois.
"The Mountain Men of the modern Rendezvous have figured a few things out. That the world of the original American trapper was fraught with danger and peril is with out a doubt; death by scalping, starvation, infection, scurvy, gravity, freezing, heat exhaustion, and vengeance are a shortlist of the ends to which one could have easily met." —Kyle Von Hoetzendorff, author of The Modern Mountain Man
It's bizarre to see a Mom and a Dad and a Son and like two Daughters and all these Grandchildren, basically a whole entire family and/or even multiple generations, all dressed-up from head to toe in buckskin breeches and raccoon headwear. Knives worn around their necks on a sinew lanyard, muskets slung over their shoulders, a cauldron or a frying pan or whatever in someone's hand. And but then invariably someone is pushing like a fully modern, fully plastic stroller. Plastic stands out. Certain colors and textures stand out. Any and all anachronisms stand out. There is something so bewildering about seeing a dude in war paint and a loincloth wearing Nike runners.
We asked this gentlemen, also in charge of a tent full of leather goods, how much this jacket would cost. "It's not for sale! And if it was it would start at $5,000.00, but I wouldn't even sell it for that."
This gentleman ran a tent full of moccasins and other hide-based sundries. At some point I tried on a pair of double-layered bison low-top moccasins but did not purchase them. From that point on, every time I passed his tent, he would ask me what it was going to take to "firm up."
"The escapism is fueled more by circumstance then by choice, the hardliners, those who have set up organizations and qualifications by which new acolytes can be evaluated have been raised in the shadow of the original souls."—Kyle Von Hoetzendorff, author of The Modern Mountain Man
Now THIS is a legit crew.
This dude was cool, he was excited to be there. We asked him if his dogs were Period Correct, he said he didn't know, but that he didn't imagine they were.
Uh.... guys? Maybe not quite the right era?
The two girls on either side were cultural tourists, hipsters looking for bona fide moccasins and bird feathers. While the three brothers in the middle were authentic rendezvous-goers, the knew they were doing "something" by running matching loin clothes. At any rate, they were more excited about this photographic opportunity than the two girls on a roadtrip from Los Angeles.
"They may gaze off at the nearest arroyo while gassing up their truck before a Monday morning meeting at the office imagining themselves sauntering through the scrub grass and sage, the bucolic musings of the would be aimless."—Kyle Von Hoetzendorff, author of The Modern Mountain Man
Some of the serious Period Corrects (PCs) call the Fort Bridger Rendezvous a Nondezvous because, they argue, it's become more of a spectacle than a legit or bona fide gathering.
Fort Bridger Rendezvous
Fort Bridger: Skills, trading, pop-up shops in the 1800s.