The Den covers info on the Our Ben Franklin gives The Trading Coy is our Sutlery
American Indian in general, Tours, in character or not, (store) and handles all of both
the Shawnee in particular, & Gives lectures and makes Shemaqua and Ben's Sales.
The Den's elder, Shemaqua. Personal Appearances.
Our Ben is also a Tinsmith.
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This Front Page leads to the study of - INDIANS, AMERICAN INDIANS, NATIVE AMERICANS, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, ABORIGIONAL AMERICANS, 1st NATIONS. What Ever You Choose to Call Them No People has So Many Others Wanting to be One of Them. Europeans and those of European dissent have often thought that somewhere in the world must dwell a noble race, remnants of that golden age before man became corrupted by civilization. As reports of Indians filtered back to Europe, a distinguished French philosopher of the late 16th Century, Michelle de Montaigne concluded that the Noble Savage has at last been found, in the American Indian. "Words that import a lie, falsehood, treason, covetousness, envy, detraction, were not heard among them." Michelle de Montaigne. This Front Page will lead you to all kinds of information on the Eastern Woodland Indians. No Indigenous People have ever captured the imagination of other people, all over the world, as the American Indian. A great many misconceptions, half truths, out and out lies, and every once in a very great while, a few tremendously insightful truths have been put forward about the American Indian. Like the Huns, Mongals, Vikings, Cossacks and Zulu, the American Indian has been honored and praised and at the same time feared and vilified. In all of history, I know of none, other than the American Indian, that most people, everywhere, want to be.
On this Front page and throughout this site you will find the words of Tecumseh. His appeal to other tribes to join his confederacy were repeated from the Alleghenies to the head waters of the Mississippi. From the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. "We must be united. We must smoke the same pipe. We must fight each other's battles. And more than that, We must love the Great Spirit."
The Den deals with Native American/American Indian History, Religion & Culture. Particularly as it relates to the Eastern Woodland Indians and especially the Shawnee.
Its purpose is to educate the public at large, provide information to assist the Boy Scouts of America, Indian Lore Merit Badge and the Order of the Arrow and to provide the Living History - Re-enactment community with much needed information. It also serves as my Resume' and statement of my personal beliefs.
The Front Page introduces you to Big Bear's Trading Coy ( Coy being an 18th century abbreviation for Company.) The Company Store produces 18th century reproductions and sells them at period events up and down the Eastern seaboard.
ALL THINGS BEN FRANKLIN takes you to Information on TOURS, PERSONAL APPEARANCES, and information on our Ben Franklin's trade, TINSMITHING.