I love and respect good graphic designers. A huge part of the appeal of The Nugget Newspaper is down to the stellar design work Jess Draper contributes week in and week out. The good looks of Frontier Partisans and my book Warriors of the Wildlands has nothing to do with me and everything to do with the aesthetic talents of Lynn Woodward.
So there is no negative bias in my judgement that the designer of the book Lovewell’s Fight must receive 40 lashes, well laid, for Egregious Sins of Anachronism Against Frontier Material Culture. Lovewell’s Fight examines an episode from New England history dating back to 1725, when a party of scalp-hunting New England Rangers ran afoul of Abenaki warriors. The ensuing day-long firefight would be celebrated in legend and ballad for a couple of centuries.
So… what’s wrong with this picture?
Damn yer eyes! We should be well past the days when artists put Great Plains culture war-bonnets on Mohicans and housed Shawnee in teepees. For decades, historians and reenactors have struggled to make the general public understand that “the frontier” does not equal “the West.” Somebody didn’t get the memo.
It should be this: