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Rendezvous: When the Present is an Anachronism

Rendezvous: When the Present is an Anachronism

by Rickey E. Pittman

Historic Fort Washita, located just outside of Durant, Oklahoma, on the first weekend of April, is the yearly host to what is known as a “Fur Trade Rendezvous.” The year I went, an estimated 15,000 visitors, including bussed in high school students, viewed and sampled the wares of the 30-35 vendors and observed the 150 plus campers of the rendezvous. Vendors (who like to call themselves traders or sutlers) and campers all had one thing in common: everything they wore, used, sold or traded, ate was made, done, or prepared exactly as it would have been before 1840. Canotte Basket I felt like an anachronism, walking about in my modern dress, listening to their conversations and interviewing them about the rendezvous experience. Except for the cars I could see in the background at the Fort’s entrance, I felt I had been transported into an 1840 frontier village. I have always been a lover and student of history, but I learned much more than I expected and intended. What I observed in the people of this rendezvous was not a quaint infatuation with the past, like one might have when he or she dresses up like General Grant or a Southern belle for a costume party. I felt like my body and face had been slammed into history. Those who participated in the rendezvous have an intensity that is both charismatic and jarring. They not only know and love history—they live it. Roy Kelly Jr. of Norman, Oklahoma, expressed one aspect of the rendezvous philosophy eloquently. He said, “The code we live by of is of a time that has passed, but it was a good code. Things were dealt with properly. For example, the way you treat people.” And from what I observed, they treat visitors and participants alike with politeness, dignity, and respect. Just as it was in the early 19th Century for the trappers and explorers, the rendezvous is a primary (and in some case, the only) source of income a source of entertainment, a source of information. I found that many are part of a rendezvous every week of the year. It is their life. The rendezvous follows a strict code of ethics, and camp rules, from what I heard, are strictly enforced. nike air max 90 pas cher A rendezvous may range from ultra primitive (where they literally have to walk or ride a horse or mule in) to what is considered very comfortable camping such as they enjoyed at Fort Washita. The rendezvous may be regional or national, and they are held all over the nation, with the ones in the West being the largest, some with over 1,000 campers.

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    An Interview with Hailey Sandoz

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    “Midnight Flight” by Jeff Talmadge, Chords and Lyrics

    Those of you who follow the blog of the Bard of the South know I’m a fan of Jeff Talmadge. I think he’s one of the most talented songwriters we have in Americana music.  Here are the chords and lyrics for “Midnight Flight,” a song that if should listen to when you put or see someone you know on a plane. If the chords are wrong or need tweaking, let me know. You can purchase the song on Amazon and other sites,  but you can download a iTunes copy here: Jeff’s website is here:

    “Midnight Flight” by Jeff Talmadge

    VERSE ONE: C F A midnight flight is leaving for Atlanta C G At least that’s where I’m guessing she is now, C F Then the roar of engines, then the lights beneath the thunder,  C G C And I can only wonder where that plane is setting down.

    VERSE TWO: And if she’s got a window seat,  She’s looking while she’s leaving, Her memory grows smaller with the ride, There’s a fire on the horizon, Whether you’re coming or you’re going,  But you can’t tell if it just started Or if the fire has died.

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    An Interview with Charles Bowden


    Charles Bowden has been added to my list of favorite writers. His nonfiction is some of the most powerful and intriguing I’ve ever read. His is the type of writing that changes a person, sometimes so powerful that it rattles and disturbs the sensitive. His books teach you far more than you expected, perhaps wanted, to learn about human nature and Northern Mexico.

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    Rio Grande Valley Home Song

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    “No Brakes”: A Short Story by Rickey Pittman

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    Cry, Little Artillery Man: A Song by Rickey E. Pittman

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    You can read her complete story in a fine book, Lady Rebel:The Story of Private Jane Perkins, by George and Patti Beil. Here are the lyrics of the song that I do in the key of D.

    Cry, Little Artillery Man

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