Sunday, March 16, 2008

Polish Heritage Day at Mariposa Museum

Polish Heritage

I was lucky enough to get outfitted up as a winged hussar. Hetman Stefan Czarniecki led calvary units in the service of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1650-1665. He fought the Turks, Cossacks, Tartars and Moscovites. In 1659 he drove out the invading Swedish Army.

The Commonwealth was a multi-national kingdom stretching across much of Central Europe. Polish styles of arms, armor and military costumes was influenced by both the East and West.

The presentation was given by a re-enactment troupe The Czarniecki Division . The feathers are not just decoration. Apparently the sight of winged men attacking would have a profound effect on both the invaders and their horses.

Click on the photo to see the rest of photos taken at the event.