"In 1825, a profound change took place in the lives of everyone even remotely associated with the fur trade in the mountains. Gen. William Ashley improvised a method of trade when he met the trappers who had gathered from all over the country west of the continental divide at a place called Henry's Fork of the Green River. The trappers were so thrilled with the concept of a general gathering once a year to unload their furs and take on "fixins" for another year of mountain life that a pattern was immediately established. The trappers would meet each year for trade in an area established the previous year prior to the breakup of the gathering. They called this gathering: RENDEZVOUS."
Contemporary Mountain Man Living History buffs continue this tradition - and not just west of the Continental Divide - right here in NM:
submitted by Kim Brooks:
I forgot to mention in my last e-mail that I wasn't able to go to the rendezvous in Edgewood weekend before last. But my daughter Shyla and I did go up Sunday morning. It was a nice rendezvous because it is one of the Southwest's oldest, continuous rdvz's. The weather was very favorable.
Quoting Mike..."There was much good comraderie, whiskey and mmm white women." hahaha. [He stole that from the movie 'The Mountain Men"] One of the things that Mike enjoyed most was the night-time music around the campfire, which featured a 14 yr old young man singing and playing the guitar. And when he needed a break, Mike and another young man entertained by playing the Indian Love Flutes. This rdvz was well supported with a trader from AZ and rdvz'ers from Texas, Colorado, AZ & NM. There were 64 registered muzzleloader shooters, a large amount for the Southwest. The Mt View Telegraph newspaper had a picture of the rendezvous on the front page of their Sept 20th edition.
Mike took first place in the rifle shoot and 3rd in the archery shoot. We have also began making plans to host our OWN rendezvous the first week of October in 2008.