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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:57 am


Stilt walker of Landes.

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In the wastes of Gascony stilt walking was formerly a means of locomotion adapted to the nature of the country. The waste lands were then great level plains covered with stunted bushes and dry heath. Moreover, on account of the permeability of the subsoil, all the declivities were transformed into marshes after the slightest fall of rain.


Shepherds from the Landes region of France walking upon stilts.

There were no roads of any kind, and the population, relying upon sheep raising for a living, was much scattered. It was evidently in order to be able to move around under these very peculiar conditions that the shepherds devised and adopted stilts. The stilts of Landes are called, in the language of the country, tchangues, which signifies "big legs," and those who use them are called tchanguès. The stilts are pieces of wood about five feet in length, provided with a shoulder and strap to support the foot. The upper part of the wood is flattened and rests against the leg, where it is held by a strong strap. The lower part, that which rests upon the earth, is enlarged and is sometimes strengthened with a sheep's bone. The Landese shepherd is provided with a staff which he uses for numerous purposes, such as a point of support for getting on to the stilts and as a crook for directing his flocks. Again, being provided with a board, the staff constitutes a comfortable seat adapted to the height of the stilts. Resting in this manner, the shepherd seems to be upon a gigantic tripod. When he stops he knits or he spins with the distaff thrust in his girdle. His usual costume consists of a sort of jacket without sleeves, made of sheep skin, of canvas gaiters, and of a drugget cloak. His head gear consists of a beret or a large hat. This accouterment was formerly completed by a gun to defend the flock against wolves, and a stove for preparing meals.

Mounted on their stilts, the shepherds of Landes drove their flocks across the wastes, going through bushes, brush and pools of water, and traversing marshes with safety, without having to seek roads or beaten footpaths. Moreover, this elevation permits them to easily watch their sheep, which are often scattered over a wide surface. In the morning the shepherd, in order to get on his stilts, mounted by a ladder or seated himself upon the sill of a window, or else climbed upon the mantel of a large chimney. Even in a flat country, being seated upon the ground, and having fixed his stilts, he easily rose with the aid of his staff.

One may judge by what results from the fall of a pedestrian what danger may result from a fall from a pair of stilts. But the shepherds of Landes, accustomed from their childhood to this sort of exercise, acquire an extraordinary freedom and skill therein. The tchanguè knows very well how to preserve his equilibrium; he walks with great strides, stands upright, runs with agility, or executes a few feats of true acrobatism, such as picking up a pebble from the ground, plucking a flower, simulating a fall and quickly rising, running on one foot, etc.

The speed that the stilt walkers attained is easily explained. Although the angle of the legs at every step is less than that of ordinary walking with the feet on the ground, the sides prolonged by the stilts are five or six feet apart at the base. It will be seen that with steps of such a length, distances must be rapidly covered.


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Re: Stilt walking

Post  eddie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:02 am


Stilt walking postman.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:05 am


Jousters of Namur.

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8 December 1411 : Date of Namur (Belgium) town ordinance dealing with "Echasseur" or "jousting while wearing stilts"! Opposing teams of jousters, the Mélans and the Avresses, battle each other in a wild melee of blows using shoulders and elbows; shoving, jabbing, blocking and tripping their opponents. This jousters still exists today (Echasseurs Namurois). They celebrate in 2011 their 600th anniversary.


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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:08 am


Circus Amok stilt walkers, New York City.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:10 am


Stilt walker participates in a parade dressed as a court jester.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:12 am


Stilt walking medieval jesters juggle.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:14 am


Stilt walking dancers.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:16 am


Stilt walking pirates.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:21 am


Stilt walking Victorian policemen with modern-day equivalent.

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Post  eddie on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:34 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ivEYVnoO7s

How to walk on stilts.

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:15 pm

We exchange lots of links, Mr. Stilts, but it's a bit haphazard and unorganized. geek

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Re: Stilt walking

Post  eddie on Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:53 pm

We'll be hearing from knife throwers and lion tamers next. Shocked

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