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Living History In the Early 1800's

It all started for me as a child growing up and reading about Dan Boone and Jim Bridger. I always felt like I was born out of season born to late to see this great country before the white man up and ruined it. Back in the early 80's I ran across a group of folks who felt the same as me and life got better. Ive camped in a tipi along the yellowstone and woke up to a new snow that seamed to paint the world into a crystal wonderland. I have been to many gatherings all over the US and Canada where it was like stepping back in time to the days of the long hunter and the days of the mountain skin trapper. I have built my own rifles and forged my own traps and trapped mountain streams for beaver. But what I hold most dear is the friends that Ive made along the way. And the values that I picked up along the way its been said that buckskinning is a way of life. I cant speak for all but for me its the only way. There comes a certain confidence that you get knowing that if you had to live off the land you could do it and do it well. And Im able to do that thru history and the skills that while common back in the 1700 thru the 1800's that are being kept alive by a few people who love history as much as me.  Its funny but the same greed and need for personal gain was just as bad back then as it was now. Mankind hasnt changed all that much but you learn that thru history also. Untill the next time keep your eyes on the skyline and watch your topknot!

Oldkybladesmith Oldkybladesmith 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 8, 2009

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Hi, I enjoyed your post and I feel alot the same way as you. I am 71 years old and when I was a kid I was raised a lot like time period of the turn of the century. I was raised on a farm with no electric lights, inside water, etc. Through the 3rd grade I went to a one room school house with the 1st thru 8th in one room with one teacher. Sometimes I rode a horse to school. We had a bus but it came before I could get my chores done. In some ways it was the greatest life you could live. But the work, especially for my parents was very hard and no money for anything extra.<br />
Bruce Howell