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 Post subject: Any Mountain Man Stuff On Here?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:21 pm 
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Hey everyone. Was just wondering if there was anything on mountain men & the day-to-day stuff they did on this site? I figure there's probably some mix & match when it comes to this, since people would at least do some of the same things while on the trail (or "on the lamb," ha ha). I figure there would probably be a lot of overlap in basic equipment, so I'm wondering a bit more on the "daily doings."

Another thing that I've been wondering is how did they learn languages? I figure learning languages from different tribes would have been important & how they actually learned them is never really elaborated.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Mountain Man Stuff On Here?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:31 pm 
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Since the board covers "1830-1885" there's actually quite a bit of weapons and some gear that Steve and others have posted...i.e. "Plunder of the Plainsmen". There is certainly some cross over from trapping beaver to scouting to buffalo hunting to serving as guides...etc. Kit Carson was a young trapper...became a guide for the military under Col Kearny and Freemont. Later became a Union officer. John Johnston went from the military to trapper to scout to marshal. Jim Bridger from trapper to guide and trading post sutler (if I remember correctly).

Once again you sorta have to have a starting point or an individual or type and proceed from there. There are numerous books that give biographies, stories or others that cover the equipment, clothing, weapons etc. The several volumes of "Book of Buckskining" is extremely helpful. "The Shining Time" sketch book series might help a bit with cross over covering trappers, hunters, scouts to military....I think from about the fur trade to the end of the 1850's.
What Steve has provided here is a good resource for various aspects of the frontier from 1830-1885. But most that come here have already nailed down the impression or the the specific history they are interested in.

So...yes there is Mountain Man stuff here.

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 Post subject: Re: Any Mountain Man Stuff On Here?
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As to languages most often if they knew a language it was normally cause they lived or traded among them.....the most important language was "sign language". :D

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 Post subject: Re: Any Mountain Man Stuff On Here?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:45 pm 
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So which books are good as far as details on activity? I notice A LOT of books only reference the activities or skills, but don't get into what that actually consisted of. I'd be interested in things that really get into trapping & fishing, as I don't consider myself knowledgeable about those things & also any of the "logistical" stuff (ex: making the clothes, making the stuff to make the clothes, making soap, etc...).


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 Post subject: Re: Any Mountain Man Stuff On Here?
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You just described "The Book Of Buckskinning"
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss? ... ckskinning

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 Post subject: Re: Any Mountain Man Stuff On Here?
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The old....Foxfire..... series of books had a lot of good "old time" southern mountain skilis....cabin building....soap making...tanning...knife makin...gun building ( House brothers)....lots of good background info.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Mountain Man Stuff On Here?
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Yep...Creek you're correct.....actually some of the first books I ever got on "craft".

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 Post subject: Re: Any Mountain Man Stuff On Here?
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.............that's such a great hat and coat!!!! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Any Mountain Man Stuff On Here?
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Thank ya Sir.........THAT coat just sets the hat right off.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Mountain Man Stuff On Here?
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Wolfeye....
I don't know if the old American Mountain Man Association is still in business or not.
If you can track them down, it would be a good place to dig up some info.
I was one of the earlier members of the American Long Rifle assoc. You had to research...document and manufacture ALL of your own gear. And make a bullet proof persona. Even make your own colonial ( buckle) shoes at the higher levels.

Several members of the ALRA were consultants, teachers and actors in The Last Of The Mohicans movie.

You may not like organizations, but a good one can be a huge help.

Creek


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