Gulf Wars Classes

As of the current listing, the schedule for my medieval African classes at Gulf Wars is:


AM TENT B – 1:00-2:00 – Africa Unbound
AM TENT B – 2:00-3:00 – Africa Unbound
AM TENT A – 2:00-3:00 – Africa Unbound
AR TEXTILES 1 – 3:00-4:00 – West African Yoruba Aesthetics
AM TENT B – 12:00-1:00 – Africa Unbound


  1. Terri H. said,

    03/25/2014 at 17:25

    I wasn’t able to make it to Gulf Wars. I wanted to portray a Senegalese, my likely heritage, in the high medieval period. A Viking told me that Africans are not part of the then Known World, and I that needed to play European, Asian, or Middle Eastern. So I chose Irish, my great-grandfathers ethnicity.

    A White man ( race pertinent I believe) who plays a Middle Easterner told me on facebook that my African-American looks were too dark to play Irish – my grandmother’s heritage – and that I would just cause people to lose suspension of disbelief. He was thankfully roundly criticized. I responded that I don’t believe he looks Middle Eastern, nor do my king and queen look Japanese, so why was he singling me out for destroying the suspension of disbelief in the SCA?

    So I was very sad to miss your workshop. I could use some evidence of interaction with Africa during SCA times, even if I might have to make adjustments.

    Could I possibly have your handouts so I could be educated and be prepared?



    • remzical said,

      03/25/2014 at 19:07

      I am terribly sorry that you were met with these circumstances in your journey for a persona that you feel comfortable with. Everyone should feel free to celebrate their heritage or interests in the SCA without the scorn or criticism of others. I can tell you with all certainty that Africans ARE part of the then Knowne World and anyone that says otherwise merely needs to look no further than Portuguese expansion from the 1400s onward.

      My handouts are going up tonight. I will try my best to help you however I can. Your best bets for a Senegalese persona is probably a persona living in either the Mali, Songhai, or Ghana Empire, since the borders have changed so drastically, many the of the ethnicities and cultures are fluid.

      Hope that I can help!

      Kehinde (Terrill)

      • Terri H. said,

        03/25/2014 at 19:42

        You did help. Thank you for your encouragement, information and advice for my persona. I’ve already skimmed your handouts and they look very interesting and helpful! Thanks.

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