2017 Calico Rock Mountain Man Rendezvous
The 2017 Calico Rock Mountain Man Rendezvous on September 8-9, 2017 at Rand City Park in Calico Rock, Arkansas is hosted by the Calico Rock Museum and Visitor Center. Experience early American frontier life at the Calico Rock Mountain Man Rendezvous as you visit the rendezvous camp and reenactors wearing period dress. Rendezvous activities include Knife & Tomahawk Throwing, Period Bow Making, Spinning, Mountain Man & Mountain Mama Competition, Trapping & Pelting Demonstration, Stew Cooking Competition, Authentic Vendors, Period Tents & Clothing.
Calico Rock Museum has a new partner for the Rendezvous, the Early Arkansas Reenactors Association (EARA). The EARA members provide our encampment and demonstrate the everyday life skills of early settlers. Our Calico Rock Mountain Man Rendezvous is a sanctioned event of the Early Arkansas Reenactors Association because it is authentic. This group of dedicated men and women take reenacting seriously. They camp in period tents, dress in period clothing, and they live for the week just like the early fur traders and settlers did.
Native American Dancing
Highlights of the day also includes American Indian dancing provided by Beyond the Circle Dancers. They will offer cultural exchange through Native American song and dance. They represent the Navajo, Ottawa, Ojibwa, Apache, Lakota, and Cherokee tribes and are based out of Springfield, MO. They have performed all over the United States sharing their heritage and culture. The group will also be selling fry bread and crafts.
We are also pleased to welcome the Beyond the Circle Dancers to this year’s event. This wonderful group heralds from Springfield, Missouri. They will share with our guests the authentic Native American dance that was often held in harmony with celebrations by early settlers in this country.
Arts, Crafts, Merchandise and Food Vendors Welcome
Booth spaces are $25 each. Booths for those offering Native American crafts are free. Call 870-297-4129 or email [email protected]
Information & Registration
For more information or to sign up for the stew competition, inquire about vending space, or buy raffle tickets, contact the museum at 870-297-6100. You can also visit the museum’s website using the link at the right.
About Beyond The Circle Dancers
Beyond The Circle Dancers is a Native American group who has performed all over the United States. We do powwow dances and we explain the dancers outfits and our culture. We perform at festivals, fairs, schools, anything that is needed. We travel all over the United States. To learn more about the Beyond the Circle Dancers and view videos of their dance, call 417-224-2095 or see their Facebook page.
What is a Rendezvous?
Mountain Man Rendezvous were an annual gathering (1825–1840) at various locations held by a fur trading company at which trappers and mountain men sold their furs and hides and replenished their supplies. Rendezvous were known to be lively, joyous places, where all were allowed- free trappers, Indians, native trapper wives and children, travelers and later on, even tourists who would venture from even as far as Europe to observe the festivities. Rendezvous are still celebrated as gatherings of like-minded individuals or clubs in many walks of life. The fur trading rendezvous are celebrated by traditional black-powder rifle clubs all over the US and Canada. These gatherings range from small gatherings sponsored by local clubs to large gatherings like the Pacific Primitive Rendezvous and others. These gatherings include much of the same activities of the originals, centering on the shooting of muzzle-loaded rifles, trade guns and shotguns, the throwing of knives and tomahawks and primitive archery, as well as cooking, dancing, singing, the telling of tall tales and of past rendezvous. Personas taken on by participants include trappers, traders, housewives, Native Americans, frontiersmen, free-trappers and many others, including soldiers.
These early frontier gatherings were called “rendezvous”, French for a meeting at a particular place and time. Calico Rock Museum and Visitor Center is proud to sponsor its Annual Calico Rock Mountain Man Rendezvous and hope you will mark your calendar so you won’t miss our gathering.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Calico Rock Mountain Man Rendezvous at Rand City Park in Calico Rock, AR.