[Northkeep] They changed the mission statement again

Marc Carlson marccarlson20 at hotmail.com
Sat Feb 5 10:19:32 PST 2011

Your Grace,

It seems that Castelain is an event that has has never really stabilized into a single form, but has continued to evolve.  This is, to me, because people have such dramatically different ideas of what it *should* be.  Therefore it's no surprise that there are different interpretations of how it began -- this is common in the study of historical events.

As for the current vision of Castelain, I have no clue what it is either.

By the way, "Living History" is a term with a very specific meaning, and one that almost never applies to the SCA.  It refers to a level of authenticity and accuracy that is so high, that virtually no one in the Society can or will make that effort.  That is not a criticism, just a statement.  Costuming aside, we don't do primitive site events, cooking over fire, are addicted to pesky things such as, oh, eyeglasses, electricity, rattan weapons, and so on.  We re-create aspects of history, we do not re-enact it much less live it.


> From: willowdewisp at juno.com
> Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 07:27:42 +0000
> To: northkeep at lists.ansteorra.org
> Subject: [Northkeep] They changed the mission statement again
> Hi everyone it seems that two years ago they rewrote the mission statement again. I was to sick to check. I almost wish I could get e-mail  alerts when they do this. 
> So here is the new one and current one, I think. At least I took it from the Web Site. I couldn't find any thing on "living History" so I suppose that term got Axed.
> (a) Research and education in the field of pre-17th-Century Western Culture.
> (b) Generally, to engage in research; publish material of relevance and interest to the
> field of pre-17th-Century Western Culture; to present activities and events which re-create the environment of
> said era, such as, but not limited to, tournaments, jousts, fairs, dances, classes, et cetera; to acquire authentic
> or reproduced replicas of chattels representative of said era; and to collect a library.
> Ok given that statement I need some info.
> I really have never gotten to the Castleton event in the last years. I was there early , but I am not familiar with the vision of the event. Or using the modern terms what environment of  our eras,  are we recreating
> I am trying to figure out my interaction with the event so I was trying to find out your visions for the event. That way I can figure out what I can do as an individual can do to help create our target time period and activities.. 
> I am sure I am not making sense because I have not really learned to speak "Northkeep" yet. 
> One of the ways I could learn is to hear about the beginnings of the event and what we were trying for at that time. I am sure it has changed over the years but if I can get a history of the event then I maybe can understand what we are doing. 
> Catching Willow up might be a great thing to do as we are snowed in.
> Thank you for any insights
> Lost in the Snow
> willow
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