By: Carly O'Keefe
Entire families like Bear Whitworth's take part in reenacting the lives of settlers, soldiers and Native Americans. When he's not reenacting, Whitworth is a U.S. Army officer stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. "I'm on leave right now. I took leave to spend time with my sons and do this," said Whitworth.
Whitworth and his sons dress and act the part of Native Americans who lived in the 1750's. "We just appreciate the culture so we started reenacting as a Native American family," said Whitworth.
It's not just a love of history that inspires folks like Whitworth to reenact. It's also about teaching his sons the values of the past in order to appreciate the comforts of the present. "We got into it really for the living anthropology of it. It's really easier to understand history if you live it and understand it how they slept, ate and lived. The lessons it's taught my sons have been invaluable," said Whitworth.