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Emily, the Native American
This year is the 250th anniversary of the founding of Charlottesville, the town in which I live, and as part of the festivities, there was a “Living History” exhibition in a tiny park just off the Downtown Mall. I hadn’t heard about it, but my eagle-eyed wife spotted something going on in the park as we were strolling on the Mall, so we went to check it out. There were a number of people who were portraying historical figures from the area; some of them were very serious about remaining in character and would answer questions as if they were indeed the character they were portraying, but most of them were willing to talk to me about who they really were and what it was that drew them to historical reenacting. This young woman was portraying Two Doves, a Native American woman, and she said that it was her own Native American ancestry that had led her to choose this character. She’s a student a the Renassaince School, a small private school in Charlottesville that has more holistic view of education. All of the people I’ve ever met who went to that school have been interesting, quite bright, and often artistic, and Emily was no exception.
Lee Park in Charlottesville, VA