Day 40: More Excursions with the Natives

I have not journaled as of late due to my extensive traveling and activity with the natives.  It appears that the tribe is reasonably active, partially due to the fair weather that we have been experiencing of late, methinks.  The tribe has been traveling, visiting other tribes, and conducting rare tribal rituals, often unseen by non-tribal members.

Friday, two days prior to this entry, the natives and I visited another tribe, of similar size and character to exchange tribal greetings and festivities.  I have found the natives of other tribes to be very similar to the tribe I have been observing for weeks now.  The appear to consume similar types of sustenance and perform similar tribal rituals and ceremonies.   One this visit with this particular tribe, Tuesday readily enjoyed a rope swinging apparatus that was attached to two trees.  Pictured below, Tuesday seemed particularly content to remain in the swing apparatus while I and another tribal adult facilitated the swing motion.  Another activity that was particularly common among the tribe we were visiting was recreational swimming in the adjacent body of water to the tribe’s living area.  It appears that many of the natives enjoyed the brisk waters of Great East Lake and remained partially submerged in the water for several minutes.

Tuesday did not enjoy the temperature of said waters, nor the act of swimming in said lake.

As if attached to me by some adhesive material, Tuesday refused to dip into the cool waters of the lake; methinks that the temperature was of particular aversion to the eldest native, though I am not entirely certain of this.  Her hold on me as we waded in the shallow water area was similar to that of a boa constrictor squeezing its prey into a pulpy malleable substance.  Indeed, Tuesday had no intention of letting go of myself, her safety net.  After turning her custody over to one of the tribal elders, I continued my recreational swim in the brisk refreshing waters of the lake.

Saturday provided another opportunity for tribal activity in a much larger setting: Strawbery Banke.  Here was another meeting of several tribes and festivities.  Scores and scores of natives attended this tribal event, exploring the historic structures of the location and taking advantage of the multiple options of tribal activities.  Here it seemed that there were indeed activities for all types and sizes of tribes and natives.

Perhaps the most popular of the tribal activities was the application of war paint to their faces, of which significance is not known.  I can only surmise that the application of war paint is similar to that of earlier tribes who applied the face paint before going to battle.  To my great fortune, there were no battles at this site, and it appears that applying war paint may have another meaning entirely.  I will continue to observe the tribe and natives to determine the true meaning for this custom.  Tuesday is shown below with her war paint, prior to its removal.

Another activity that particularly attracted Tuesday’s attention was a miniature vehicle that smaller natives were being allowed to sit in.  This vehicle is apparently intended for full-grown natives, of particular association.  Tuesday very much enjoyed sitting in this vehicle, pictured below.

The excursion concluded with more sustenance for the natives before returning to the tribe’s own living space.  A long but festive weekend was had by all of the natives of the tribe and I was given a deeper look inside the local customs of the tribal natives.



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