So, part of the joy of writing a blog is getting hate mail.  It's cool - it actually entertains me a bit.  The haters seem to think that because you write a blog or share information, that you are on some kind of ego trip. 

Well, I tend to think that it is arrogant to research and then hoard information.  That is the ultimate in building yourself a pyramid upon which to sit and watch all the oi polloi running about like so many ants.  I like pyramids, they are cool and historical.  I don't like arrogant assholes.

There are many in this hobby who collect information, build new, improved kit, and never share it with others.  Worse still, they turn around and sell their old crap to their "friends."  Let us be honest, are you really helping anyone besides your self?  Southeastern Native reenacting is full of this.  These same people are the ones who try to take ownership of other people's hard work and pass it off as their own.  That's about the lowest of the low.  You can pretty easily spot this clown as he moves from group to group as bridges are burned.

On the other hand, folks like David Hobbs, Nathan Kobuck, and Wynne Eden, very openly share their findings and always have when asked.  They are the ones who want to see everyone improve.  This is what I aspire to be.  

So, no, this blog isn't about my ego trip.  Plain and simple, I would like to see everyone around me have a better kit than me. When you surround yourself with people who are always two steps behind you, your stuff might look awesome, but YOU look like the jackass you are.  Share information.  Push people to improve.

Now, with that in mind, these are things which should NOT be part of your 18th century SE Native kit (or NE for that matter):  

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    J Melius

    If you found yourself here, you are more than likely aware of my passion for researching Southeastern American Indian material culture.  Its a sickness I've been wrapped up in since the early 1990's.  While some of my thoughts might come across as somewhat abrassive; they are not meant to offend.  No, I dont call myself and expert, only a student of history and culture.  Hopefully we all seek to further our education and this is intended as an extention of my unending desire to learn and share.


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