A taste of Johnson County’s formative days at Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival

Gary "Short Bull" Winders (left) and Tim Wills of the Missouri Freetrappers club stand outside a recreation of an 1860s Sioux teepee. Winders estimates that it takes about half an hour to erect the structure.
Gary “Short Bull” Winders (left) and Tim Wills of the Missouri Freetrappers club stand outside a recreation of an 1860s Sioux teepee.
Winders estimates that it takes about half an hour to erect the structure.

The sights, sounds and campfire smells of the mid-1800s returned to the Shawnee Indian Mission over the weekend with the annual fall festival, featuring historical reenactors demonstrating different facets of life at the first settlement in northeast Johnson County.

David Cain assumes the persona of a frontiersman who had taken an Indian woman as a wife during reenactments with the Missouri Freetrappers.
David Cain assumes the persona of a frontiersman who had taken an Indian woman as a wife during reenactments with the Missouri Freetrappers.
Young attendees got to try their hand at using a traditional longsaw.
Young attendees got to try their hand at using a traditional longsaw.
Shooting bows and arrows is a lot of fun.
Shooting bows and arrows is a lot of fun.
The music of the Anchovy Fishermen, while not historically accurate, is incredibly enjoyable.
The music of the Anchovy Fishermen, while not historically accurate, is incredibly enjoyable.