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October 25, 2010

Native Americans in Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia





A truly unusual sight is someone in Native American garb walking the streets of the city . . . except in Colonial Williamsburg. He is part of the "So Far From Scioto" historical drama presented for visitors which details the lives of several Shawnee who stayed in Williamsburg as surety for the peace treaty between colonists and the tribe.

14 comments:

Ginny said...

Yikes, that's a rather scary sight! I wouldn't want to see him coming at me on a dark evening.

Joyful said...

I agree with Ginny but I love the traditional dress. Very authentic looking though with post contact materials.

Pat Tillett said...

It seems like they really try not to omit any details at all in Williamsburg.
thanks!

Gennaro said...

Love the photos. This is a different sort of Native American dress than I've seen in the past. Like how the red of the face paint is consistent with the red of the belt. Authentic.

माधव( Madhav) said...

Hunk

leonnybg said...

Good photos. :)))

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Very interesting photos! Do you think he has actual Native American heritage? I would love to see that Shawnee reenactment in Williamsburg!

Dave said...

he looks mean but colourful though.

♥-Icy BC-♥ said...

Wonderful photos, and I like his outfit!

Jo said...

Glad there is peace between the two cultures. Colourful and interesting outfit. I love the different world I'm able to visit through your blog. Have a great day. Blessings Jo

alarob said...

The costume and face paint are very good, as far as I can tell, but the actor’s posture is all wrong. He’s stoop-shouldered, splay-footed, and seems to be walking with a rolling, slightly bow-legged gait. He seems uncomfortable in those clothes.

Indians in the 18th century were often credited with grace, nobility, an all-around impressive physical presence. Even white people who otherwise regarded them as savages often conceded that they usually carried themselves very well. This is probably one reason why Indian orators impressed even listeners who couldn’t understand a word of their language. They looked and acted eloquent.

I’m not trying to inspire any nature-boy romanticism here. I’m just talking about a significant cultural difference: Indians of this time and place cared how they looked, and acted like they cared. They were conscious of their posture, gait and gestures. So if the photo is typical, I’d say Indian actors at Williamsburg should walk more like dancers and less like linebackers.

I said “if.” Maybe this guy was out-of-character when the pic was made. In that case I’m picking on him unfairly, and I apologize.

Jordan said...

Great photos! It's incredibly important to show the other cultures that worked alongside the colonists in Williamsburg. Thanks for posting.

shekhawati news said...

I love the dressing sense of native americans

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great i like it

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