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Karen Donnachaidh
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Some friends of mine attend Rendezvous Primitive Camping events nearly every year. There are many camps across the U.S. They sound like tons of fun! Has anyone here been to a rendezvous?
 
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I've been to Rabbitstick in Idaho, Wintercount in Arizona, and Slickrock in Utah, as well as a gathering in British Columbia called Northern Lights which no longer exists.  All were very great experiences.  In your area, I think, there is Firefly, and South of you is Rivercane.  Not sure exact locations. 
 
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Roberto, That's quite a few events and many miles between. They just sound like an awesome step back in time.
I think my friends attend the one held in Surry, called Old Virginia Primitive Riflemen.
 
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The Rabbitstick Rendezvous and the others were not quite the same as
Old Virginia Primitive Riflemen
or others in that 'genre'.  The ones I mentioned are primitive in the terms of stone age skills.  I should have clicked your link.  Those, black powder events are pretty cool too, from what I hear, but I've never been to one.  Some of those skills from that era are also taught at these other events, like making a coat out of a wool blanket, but the majority of the skills are based a time period that precedes the culture's contact with metals. 
 
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Karen, Wyoming has several rendezvous every year. I have been to a couple of them , mostly at Fort Bridger in South Western Wyoming.

Fort Bridger

Pinedale also has a big one.

Pinedale rendezvous

My younger brother and many of his friends are "reenactors", they have all of the time period clothing and camping gear that is accurate for the fur trade era.
I love rendezvous. So many interesting people and things to learn. Some of the folks who attend these events have really done their homework and visiting with them is like stepping back in time.
I would highly recommend them.
 
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Hey Miles,
So you're a rendezvous fan too. The ones you linked to sound more like the one that my friends attend. Fort Bridger mentions,"The competitions include: black powder rifle and pistol shoots, knife and tomahawk competitions, and the m c."

Some of the ones Roberto has attended are a time period earlier than this. I've been reading some about different time periods and what tools they made, what materials they had access to, clothing, etc. I kind of got absorbed into the vast amount of information available online.

One thing I remember my friend saying was that there were some modern things allowed at your tent but if it was visible you would have to go to the stockade for punishment.
 
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Each rendezvous has different rules but these two allow tourists to spend the day looking around, buying things from the venders, and learning. Then at some time in the evening tourists are asked to leave and the "camp" falls under rules that usually try to keep everything as original as possible to the era. In each persons camp they can have modern things but they must be kept hidden. Generally though , most of the folks who stay the night already have very few modern things.  I have never spent the night, but my brother says it is awesome to see the tipis lit up at night and feel like you have stepped back in time.
 
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I would like to just be a campsite visitor once. That would be awesome.

A question for both Roberto and Miles, what ancestral skills have you learned from participating in rendezvous events?
 
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At one rendezvous, I spent most of the day with a man and two women who portrayed members of plains tribes. The women did a cooking class, prepared wild rabbit with local herbs. Heated rocks in a campfire and dumped them into a dried stomach pouch hanging from a tripod. The hot rocks cooked the "stew".
The man explained everything in his tipi, which was a fantastic, hand made collection, of everything you can imagine . Parfleche bags and boxes, bead work and Quill work. He talked about the spirituality involved in living in a tipi and how each person had a role to play in tipi life.
The women also did a class on brain tanning hides.
My brother and his fiancé , as well as their friends who rendezvous , have taught me all sorts of things and I have collected several books about the lives of the "people".

This one is the best.
 
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