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crowtoed submitted to medievalpoc:

This is Maria Christian, my former cast director at the Michigan Renaissance Festival as her character, Princess Isaade M’boukou. Maria’s been designing and wearing African-Elizabethan fusion garb to MiRF for decades, so she has a few different gowns and headpieces in rotation. In addition to her duties keeping the stage acts organized, as Isaade she acts as an impresario at the feasts, talks about West African traditions and folklore, and is much needed and treasured PoC representation on the cast.

I go to the Michigan RenFest every year and I remember see this woman’s amazing dresses. Fun fact, we also have The Nun, who roams the grounds in a period habit trying to save souls and punishing nonbelievers. She’s also a very awesome black woman.

That sounds amazing and terrifying.

This. Is. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO. COOL!

Just wanted to remind everyone that I also take Garb submissions!

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mapsontheweb:

Europe at death of Charles the Great 814

Look at this : The crystallization of the western world under Charlemagne. The emirate of Cordoba just forming itself out of the nucleus of the fallen Ummayad dynasty in Iberia, Arabs and Amazigh settling and mixing with the Iberian peoples. England, was not united, but okay, perhaps a unity in anglo saxon culture and not polity. Powys and it’s welsh kingdoms, the Gaels in Scotland and Ireland, and the Norse raiders and settlers and Picts. The Byzantine empire, still incubating in it’s embryo of the Anatolian themes before the last gleaming bastion of glory under the Komnenoi. The Viking principalities and kingdoms and jarldoms of Scandinavia coming into the new world, trading and raiding from Iran to Ireland.The Slavic tribes emerging from the mist of myths and into recorded history, and beginning to colonize the lands that are theirs to this day, from Macedonia to Russia, despite the nomad warriors that forced their empire upon them. The Baltic and the Finnish and Altaic tribes migrating westwards, from their sacred grasslands and mountains, still proud and free. The steppe nomads beginning their great push westwards, the Bulgars and the Avars and the Bashkirs and the Kypchaks and so many more. The Turks too appearing westwards, establishing their first sultanates, interacting with the Arabs and the Persians, influencing them and being influenced by them. The Abbasid Caliphs strong and imperial with a flurry of intellectual, scientific, literary and spiritual developments and military exploits, a golden age that would become the stuff of legends. And under them, in  Persia and Khurasan and Egypt and the Levant and the Maghreb (North Africa ), the indigenous people beginning to reassert their own cultural identities, Flowerings and bloomings that would lead to cultural renaissances.
An age of great migrations and conquests. An age of settling and colonizing and ruling. An age of cultural exchanges and interactions and magnificent melting pots that would forever break the old ways of viewing the world and form a nucleus and set in motion forces, that would give rise to the modern world.

hkurhahs:

mapsontheweb:

Europe at death of Charles the Great 814

Look at this : The crystallization of the western world under Charlemagne. The emirate of Cordoba just forming itself out of the nucleus of the fallen Ummayad dynasty in Iberia, Arabs and Amazigh settling and mixing with the Iberian peoples. England, was not united, but okay, perhaps a unity in anglo saxon culture and not polity. Powys and it’s welsh kingdoms, the Gaels in Scotland and Ireland, and the Norse raiders and settlers and Picts. The Byzantine empire, still incubating in it’s embryo of the Anatolian themes before the last gleaming bastion of glory under the Komnenoi. The Viking principalities and kingdoms and jarldoms of Scandinavia coming into the new world, trading and raiding from Iran to Ireland.
The Slavic tribes emerging from the mist of myths and into recorded history, and beginning to colonize the lands that are theirs to this day, from Macedonia to Russia, despite the nomad warriors that forced their empire upon them. The Baltic and the Finnish and Altaic tribes migrating westwards, from their sacred grasslands and mountains, still proud and free. The steppe nomads beginning their great push westwards, the Bulgars and the Avars and the Bashkirs and the Kypchaks and so many more. The Turks too appearing westwards, establishing their first sultanates, interacting with the Arabs and the Persians, influencing them and being influenced by them. The Abbasid Caliphs strong and imperial with a flurry of intellectual, scientific, literary and spiritual developments and military exploits, a golden age that would become the stuff of legends. And under them, in  Persia and Khurasan and Egypt and the Levant and the Maghreb (North Africa ), the indigenous people beginning to reassert their own cultural identities, Flowerings and bloomings that would lead to cultural renaissances.

An age of great migrations and conquests. An age of settling and colonizing and ruling. An age of cultural exchanges and interactions and magnificent melting pots that would forever break the old ways of viewing the world and form a nucleus and set in motion forces, that would give rise to the modern world.

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potootagath:

wingleader:

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the-goddamazon:

LOL man.

never forget white people did nothing first neither the best, they sleep and eat false propaganda,

Ugh, why the shit does that have to turn into a race thing? Why does EVERYTHING have to turn into a race thing?

because white people have made sure that everything is about race
as proved by the fact that when you say explorer, you think of a bunch of white guys walking the world and discovering it ~exotic wonders~ even though Zheng He travelled through Asia, to the Middle East, and even East Africa. But you’d likely never heard of him before.
Same reason you never heard of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, an Arab traveller who, as early as the 10th century, went to the Volga area for diplomatic reasons. He wrote about it, much as Marco Polo would do later for his own travels, and is one of our sources on what viking were like (and by all accounts, he wrote about them more accurately than western scholars of the same period did)
Oh, or Ibn Battuta who travelled throughout Africa long before europeans did, and even went to Europe himself.
And that’s just some example of Muslim medieval travel writers
Everything is about race because white people keep telling everyone that their race is the only one who every got anything done.

potootagath:

wingleader:

wakeupslaves:

the-goddamazon:

LOL man.

never forget white people did nothing first neither the best, they sleep and eat false propaganda,

Ugh, why the shit does that have to turn into a race thing? Why does EVERYTHING have to turn into a race thing?

because white people have made sure that everything is about race

as proved by the fact that when you say explorer, you think of a bunch of white guys walking the world and discovering it ~exotic wonders~ even though Zheng He travelled through Asia, to the Middle East, and even East Africa. But you’d likely never heard of him before.

Same reason you never heard of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, an Arab traveller who, as early as the 10th century, went to the Volga area for diplomatic reasons. He wrote about it, much as Marco Polo would do later for his own travels, and is one of our sources on what viking were like (and by all accounts, he wrote about them more accurately than western scholars of the same period did)

Oh, or Ibn Battuta who travelled throughout Africa long before europeans did, and even went to Europe himself.

And that’s just some example of Muslim medieval travel writers

Everything is about race because white people keep telling everyone that their race is the only one who every got anything done.

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Harry Edwards painted Handsome Morning—A Dakota in 1921.
As the Brooklyn Museum describes, Edwards painted Handsome Morning “wearing a fringed shift with painted emblems, a bead-and-quill necklace, beaded moccasins, and a ceremonial blanket of fur-lined buffalo hide painted with abstract motifs (a specialty of Dakota women).”
Edwards picks up the bold colors of her garments in the indistinct strokes of the background, tying the subject and her setting together.
In fact, Edwards seems deliberately to have composed the scene to highlight her garments, her delicate moccasin emerging from behind her carefully arrayed blanket.

femme-de-lettres:

Large (Wikimedia)

Harry Edwards painted Handsome Morning—A Dakota in 1921.

As the Brooklyn Museum describes, Edwards painted Handsome Morning “wearing a fringed shift with painted emblems, a bead-and-quill necklace, beaded moccasins, and a ceremonial blanket of fur-lined buffalo hide painted with abstract motifs (a specialty of Dakota women).”

Edwards picks up the bold colors of her garments in the indistinct strokes of the background, tying the subject and her setting together.

In fact, Edwards seems deliberately to have composed the scene to highlight her garments, her delicate moccasin emerging from behind her carefully arrayed blanket.

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We’ve been coming up on six years of existence and we don’t have a use of force on our unit. Which means we never tased anybody. We’ve never shot anybody. We’ve never hit anybody with [a baton]. But patients, talking to them, we get the result we want in the end. And we don’t have to force it on them.

A San Antonio police officer who has been trained to recognize mental illness and respond to it in a nonviolent manner. The training has saved taxpayers $50 million over five years and dramatically reduced the number of violent interactions between police and citizens.

This needs to be implemented EVERYWHERE. 

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 Share  Tweet  ✖ The Biblioteca Malatestiana in Cesena, Italy The Biblioteca Malatestiana in Cesena, near Rimini in Northern Italy is without doubt the best-preserved example of what a late Medieval library looked like. Constructed in 1452 for Malatesta Novello, it was designed by the otherwise unknown architect Matteo Nutti. It still contains the books that Malatesta commissioned to be painstakingly copied out by hand. Each has been preserved in its original position, chained to the desks to prevent theft. In libraries such as this one, the readers went to the desk where the book was situated rather than requesting for the books to be brought to them. The brick vaults, covered in green painted plaster, were designed to resist fire.

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The Biblioteca Malatestiana in Cesena, Italy
The Biblioteca Malatestiana in Cesena, near Rimini in Northern Italy is without doubt the best-preserved example of what a late Medieval library looked like. Constructed in 1452 for Malatesta Novello, it was designed by the otherwise unknown architect Matteo Nutti. It still contains the books that Malatesta commissioned to be painstakingly copied out by hand. Each has been preserved in its original position, chained to the desks to prevent theft. In libraries such as this one, the readers went to the desk where the book was situated rather than requesting for the books to be brought to them. The brick vaults, covered in green painted plaster, were designed to resist fire.

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marie-madeleinehasablog:

ca. 1860-70’s, [carte de visite portrait of a casually posed gentleman, escaped from slavery. Inscription on verso reads “Lewis, who came from the south with Langhorn 1863”], D. Hinkle via Cowan’s Auctions

marie-madeleinehasablog:

ca. 1860-70’s, [carte de visite portrait of a casually posed gentleman, escaped from slavery. Inscription on verso reads “Lewis, who came from the south with Langhorn 1863”], D. Hinkle via Cowan’s Auctions