Photo Opportunities Expand Cultural Awareness

I attended the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival held in Woodland April 2015. Along with great photo opportunities, I learned much about the Scottish culture from the participants. One area is set up as “Living History”. Collins English Dictionary defines living+history as, “any of various activities involving the re-enactment of historical events or the recreation of living conditions of the past.”

Fighting amongst the clans

Fighting amongst the clans

I saw historical events acted in costume, crafts, games, and entertainment played out, and daily activities pursued.

Historical reinactment

Historical reinactment

These teachable moments showed visitors that crocheting used only wool, that women were not taught how to read, and many games were played without batteries (lol).

Wool is spun and then crocheted

Wool is spun and then crocheted

Game played using dice

Game played using dice

Lad sets it on the top after pulling it from the bottom. Look familiar?

Lad sets it on the top after pulling it from the bottom. Look familiar?

Athletic events emphasized strength. The caber toss required a man to carry a heavy long pole a distance then toss it so that it flips over at least a half turn.

Caber Toss. This competitor is in his sixties.

Caber Toss. This competitor is in his sixties.

Cabers on display

Cabers on display

Another  event  is the Stone Throw.  weight height where a 56 pound weight is tossed over a horizontal pole.

Weight for Height Competition

Weight for Height Competition

Weight for Distance or Weight Throw where a metal weight with a chain handle is thrown.

Weight for Distance

Weight for Distance

Stone Throw

Stone Throw

Stone Throw. Many techniques used. Similar to modern Shot Put.

Stone Throw. Many techniques used. Similar to modern Shot Put.

Highland Dancing

Highland Dancing

Using electronics to tune this bagpipe

Using electronics to tune this bagpipe

Last minute touches to prepare for competition

Last minute touches to prepare for competition

Met some folks who came from Ireland to compete here in Woodland, Ca.

Met some folks who came from Ireland to compete here in Woodland, Ca.

Meeting the clans as they parade

Meeting the clans as they parade

Instead the usual food available at a Festival I enjoyed a meat pie.

Authentic meat pies of varying types available. Yummy!

Authentic meat pies of varying types available. Yummy!

Entertainment included a Beard and Mustache Contest.

Beard & Mustache contest.

Beard & Mustache contest.

Many categories for the Beard & Mustache Contest

Many categories for the Beard & Mustache Contest

Even the lads got into the action!

Even the lads got into the action.

Obviously this beard is judged for length.

Obviously this beard is judged for length.

Scottish Animals are active participants.

Clydesdale Horses show off their moves in this demonstration. Here they manuever in tight turns.

Clydesdale Horses show off their moves in this demonstration. Here they manuever in tight turns.

Scottish Highland Cattle

Scottish Highland Cattle

I can take care of that itch!

I can take care of that itch!

Friendly Scottish Terrier posed for photograph

Friendly Scottish Terrier posed for photograph

I saw many interesting and I didn’t get over to see the crafts and vendors. Conclusion: this is a more realistic festival. Lots of fun, lots of photo opportunities, and good spirits!

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